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Posted on: June 10, 2022

7/6/2022: New DWP Irrigation Restrictions from the State

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Bennett Rossell, Water Conservation and Communications Supervisor

Phone: (909) 866-5050



DWP Modifies State Emergency Restrictions on Residential Outdoor Irrigation


Big Bear Lake, CA: Wednesday, July 06, 2022— A Recent State Emergency Regulation regarding outdoor irrigation has been modified for all DWP Residential customers. 


On June 10, 2022, The City of Big Bear Lake, Department of Water & Power (DWP) implemented new outdoor irrigation restrictions. One such restriction, aimed at residences, limited outdoor watering to two days per week as opposed to DWP’s standard policy of outdoor watering on an odd/even schedule.


This restriction, among others, originated from the Governor’s Executive Order N-7-22 and was implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board. The DWP was therefore mandated by the State to implement restrictions from its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, even though the DWP’s groundwater supply remains stable.


On July 6, 2022, the DWP’s Board of Commissioners adopted revisions to the DWP’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan so that the water shortage restrictions within it more accurately conform to the current water supply conditions within the DWP’s service area. Residential Customers may return to the normal outdoor watering odd/even schedule, with addresses ending in even numbers watering on even calendar days, and odd address on odd calendar days. All outdoor irrigation remains prohibited between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Please set your irrigation timers accordingly.


The Governor’s Executive Order includes another restriction that prohibits all irrigation of non-functional turf using drinking water.  This restriction applies only to businesses and institutional customers. This restriction remains in effect until the expiration of the governor’s executive order.


As drought conditions change and as state regulations continue to evolve, the BBLDWP will continue to adapt to the situation. We encourage you to visit our website regularly and follow us on social media @bigbearwater.

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