MCCSD Officially Declares Stage 3 Drought

The Mendocino City Community Services District board declared a Stage 3 drought at its latest meeting, March 29. The district has recorded approximately 20.5 inches of rain for the year to date; this is the second-lowest recorded total in the past 100 years.

A Stage 3 drought includes the following mandates:

  • 20% reduction in water usage of allotments
  • Designated irrigation times and an irrigation audit for landscape maintenance.
  • No vehicle washing except with a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle
  • Prohibition on refilling of decorative fountains or ponds unless such water is part of a recycling system.
  • No refilling of hot tubs or swimming pools.
  • Drinking water served at restaurants only upon request
  • Recommended use of paper plates at restaurants to avoid dishwashing.
  • A temporary moratorium on new groundwater extraction permits for new development, expansion of existing use, and changes of use, which require a hydrological study.
  • Prohibitions on aquifer pump tests.