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A. Drought Volumetric Penalties. Effective September 1, 2022, volumetric penalties will be imposed in accordance with demand reduction action 2.5, Agency shall reduce outdoor water budget by 10 percent. As such, CVWD will reduce all Tier 2 monthly outdoor budgets by 10 percent. If a customer fails to limit outdoor water usage by said percentage or if they fall into higher tiers, then penalties will be imposed in addition to normal budget based tiered rates. Any drought volumetric penalty imposed pursuant to this section may be collected on a customer’s water bill. Any drought volumetric penalty shall be applicable to water used by a customer in violation of this section during the customer’s first complete billing cycle after the adoption of the ordinance codified in this section.

The following table describes the drought volumetric penalties:

Tier 1: Excellent

Indoor budget of 8 CCF

No penalty

Tier 2: Efficient

First 90% of outdoor budget

No penalty

Top 10% of outdoor budget

$ 0.29 per CCF above reduction goal

Tier 3: Inefficient

100 – 175% of budget

$ 1.80 per CCF or portion thereof

Tier 4: Excessive

175 – 300% of budget

$ 3.16 per CCF or portion thereof

Tier 5: Wasteful

Over 300% of budget

$ 6.44 per CCF or portion thereof

B. CVWD Rules and Regulations. The procedures for written notice, imposition of fines or penalties, termination of service, and appeal rights shall be the same such procedures as set forth in CVWD’s rules and regulations including, but not necessarily limited to, Chapter 3.05 CVWDC, Articles VI, Credit and Billing, and VII, Termination and Restoration of Service.

C. Purpose of Restrictions and Fines. The regulatory purposes of imposing the requirements and financial penalties, as set forth in this section, are to conserve water, deter waste and unreasonable use of water, encourage efficiency, and to help cover the costs incident to the investigation, inspection, and administration of the enforcement of this section. (Ord. 1422.7 §§ 3 – 5, 2022)