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The Vallecitos Water District congratulates its customers for taking steps to reduce their water usage by 31 percent in June compared to 2013 levels. This equates to a reduction of 555.3 acre-feet of water, which could provide water for more than 1,100 families for one year. Customers also reduced water use 38 percent in May when compared to 2013 levels.

“We would like to thank our customers for making conservation a priority,” said Betty Evans, President of the Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors. “Unfortunately the drought is not over. The State’s reservoirs are still very low and the mountain ranges are virtually bare of snow. It’s imperative that our customers continue to conserve as the drought emergency will be in effect through February 2016.”

Abnormally high rainfall and lower temperatures in May and June have likely impacted water savings, encouraging people to shut off their irrigation systems. Outdoor watering accounts for more than half of a typical household’s water use in California. As temperatures climb, so does water use. This summer, the District is encouraging customers to follow these steps as an easy way to save large amounts of water.

  • Follow all drought restrictions, including irrigating only two days per week, eight minutes per station.
  • Inspect your irrigation system for leaks, broken, clogged or misaligned sprinkler heads.
  • To avoid runoff, position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn or garden, not in areas where it is not needed. Stop watering when puddles or runoff occurs.
  • Water trees and shrubs deeply and infrequently.
  • Grass can survive during periods of drought. It can regenerate when water becomes available. Reduce foot traffic on stressed turf areas.
  • Avoid planting in hot, dry weather, which can easily stress plants. Wait until autumn to plant new landscapes.
  • Recognize that your landscape cannot look its best during a hot, dry summer.

Vallecitos Water District Users Cuts Water Use By 38 Percent in May

Vallecitos Water District Users Cuts Water Use By 38 Percent in May

Statewide water use was cut 29%.

Conservation efforts by the San Elijo Hills Community Association with cuts in common area irrigation and efforts by homeowners in San Elijo Hills, is reflecting in the 29% reduction in May for Vallecitos Water District.

Vallecitos Water District usage cut 12% in April| UTSanDiego.com

Californians dramatically stepped up water conservation efforts in April, although not enough to meet the state’s 25 percent mandated reduction, according to a report released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board

Vallecitos Water District cut usage by 12% in April

READ MORE VIA Source: Californians rev up drought conservation | UTSanDiego.com

24% reduction for Vallecitos Water District Customers


New emergency drought restrictions for Vallecitos Water District customers hit residents Monday, June 1 in response to increased statewide restrictions on all water users.

On May 20, 2015, Vallecitos’ Board of Directors adopted emergency drought restrictions under Ordinance 195 that limits all outdoor irrigation, excluding certified agricultural or commercial growers, during the months of June through October to 2 unassigned days per week/8 minutes per station. If demands are not reduced by 24%, additional enforcement may be needed and the District may need to reduce watering to 1 assigned day per week.

To help the District achieve water conservation targets, Vallecitos staff began patrolling the community looking for water waste in May. Almost all of the violations being found are for sprinkler runoff, which occurs when the water from the sprinklers over-sprays or drains onto hard surfaces, such as the sidewalk or gutter.

For more information, water saving tips or to report water waste, please visit www.vwd.org or call Vallectios Water District at (760) 744-0460.

Rating Agencies re-affirm and upgrade the Vallecitos Water District’s ratings


Rating Agencies re-affirm and upgrade the Vallecitos Water District’s ratings

San Marcos, CA – Strong financial performance and the procurement of local water supplies and diversification has resulted in Fitch Ratings recently affirming Vallecitos Water District’s credit rating of ‘AA+’, with an Outlook Stable into the foreseeable future.

Fitch’s analysis determined the factors for the favorable rating to be a stable and diverse revenue source, very strong debt coverage performance, affordable rates in a sound regional economy, no debt planned for the next five years, and conservative assumptions when forecasting financial results.  The rating can be found at https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/press_releases/detail.cfm?pr_id=985403.

Citing the District’s historically strong financial performance, Standard and Poor’s also conducted a rating which resulted in an upgrade to the District rating from AA to AA+. The improved rating serves as evidence that the Vallecitos Board of Directors and management are making the right decisions to keep the District going the right fiscal direction during this time of numerous challenges.  The rating can be found at http://vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=3816.

Both agencies agree that the District’s significant investments in local storage have lessened the risk of supply disruptions and benefited the region, a key rating factor. By purchasing desalinated water from the Carlsbad Desalination Facility, the district will have access to a drought-proof supply of 3,500 to 4,000 acre feet a year, equal to about 30% of current demand.

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Vellecitos Water District Office


On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors took action in response to the Governor’s Executive Order and the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) emergency urban water conservation regulations.

The Board voted to limit outdoor irrigation to 8 minutes per station, two days per week from June 1 through October 31. This will help the District achieve the 24% reduction in water use mandated by the Governor.

In addition, the Board also adopted edicts from the SWRCB’s emergency drought resolution in their new ordinance. The District’s ordinance now restricts watering within 48 hours of a rain event, irrigating street medians and adjacent landscape strips using potable water and requires all leaks to be repaired within 48 hours of notification by the District. The new Ordinance can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=3800. The existing Policy on conservation can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=821.

The District is committed to its community-wide conservation goal aimed at keeping as much water as possible in storage for 2015 and beyond. As a proactive measure, the District initiated drought patrols in its service area. District employees are on duty in the pre-dawn hours and during the day looking for drought ordinance violations. When a violation is spotted, the information is noted and the customer will be contacted to provide assistance with ways to conserve water, available water conservation rebates, as well as general information on how the District can help customers save water.

Since the patrols started on May 11, staff has documented over 250 instances of water waste. Nearly all of them are due to irrigation runoff. If a runoff problem exists, it could be caused by many factors, most easily repaired or adjusted, including broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, compacted soil, or sprinklers that may be running for too long. The District urges all customers to check their irrigation system and correct any problems. For more information or to schedule a free irrigation audit, please visit www.vwd.org.


About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.




San Marcos, CA – Faced with mounting statewide water conservation mandates, the Vallecitos Water District will be stepping up public education and enforcement of their drought ordinance by implementing water waste patrols.

Patrols will begin on Monday, May 11, 2015, throughout Vallecitos’ service area. District employees will be on duty in the pre-dawn hours as well as during the day. Staff will be in marked Vallecitos Water District vehicles and will carry District identification.

Staff will be on the lookout for drought ordinance violations such as: overspray and runoff into gutters, watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., watering during and 48 hours after a rain event, and hosing down hard surfaces like driveways. The District has already been responding to water waste reports from residents provided by phone, email and via the District’s website.

The District’s General Manager Dennis O. Lamb says, “The goal of these patrols is not to penalize customers, but to remind them about watering restrictions and the importance of saving water. We want to help our customers do the right thing and will provide resources and tools that can assist them.”

First time violators will receive a warning and will be prescribed corrective measures. The District will work with these customers to educate them about the drought and the associated water use restrictions. Continued violations may result in fines.

Drought patrols will help the District achieve water conservation targets. The State of California requires water suppliers to report on water use, reduction amounts and enforcement measures. The District is required to achieve a 24% reduction in use starting June 1, 2015.




About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.

San Elio Hills Community Association (HOA) – Water Restrictions & San Elijo Hills

San Elijo Hills

Dear Residents,

As you are aware, California is experiencing a significant drought. The drought is not only impacting the water supplies to residential locations but to the vast industry throughout the state. The purpose of this communication is to share with you the impact on the San Elijo Hills community and to discuss the ways we can work together to ensure San Elijo Hills supports our agencies and neighbors through conservation efforts.

Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to implement reductions that will cut usage by 25%. As a result, the Vallecitos Water District raised its drought restrictions to Level 2. For a complete list of conservation actions, please visit www.vwd.org. We have also posted the drought restriction information (published by Vallecitos) on the Community Network at www.sanelijohillsnet.

Mandatory conservation actions related to landscape and irrigation include:

• Residential and commercial landscape irrigation is limited to no more than one day per week from November to May (no more than three days per week June through October).
• Irrigation is limited to no more than ten minutes per watering station. Systems using new water-efficient devices are excluded to this time constraint).
• Irrigation may only occur between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
• All water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the water district.
• Outdoor watering is prohibited during and up to 48 hours after a rain event.
• Stop operation of ornamental fountains unless reticulating water is used.
• Prevent waste water associated with inefficient landscaping as well as flows onto non-targeted areas.

These regulations include both residential landscaping as well as the common areas, parks, etc. throughout the community. The San Elijo Hills Community Association is cooperating with the restrictions and has cut back irrigation accordingly. Please note: there are locations throughout the community with water efficient devices. These areas will operate with different run times to ensure the plants receive the appropriate level of irrigation within the restricted time frames. The Board is also continuing to look at areas where irrigation conversion is appropriate (switching from spray heads to drip tubing), and we will implement upgrades to the system throughout the year.

Maintenance Requirements

We understand the water restrictions will impact the health of plant material. The Association will continue to maintain its landscaped areas through regular weeding, mowing, edging and removal of dead material. Owners are expected to do the same. Therefore, please continue to maintain your yards. Owners should remove dead plant material and keep areas neat and tidy but weeding, mulching, trimming, etc.

Landscape Renovation Options

There are many options available to owners wishing to upgrade their landscaping and introduce drought tolerant themes. The Community Design Standards spell out a number of approved low water use plants from front yards. This list is NOT all inclusive but is an excellent starting point for residents. The Standards also include details on plant coverage and the use of rock in landscaping. Owners who wish to upgrade the landscaping on their properties must obtain approval from the San Elijo Hills Architectural Committee prior to installation. The regulations, explanation of process and application can be found on the Community Network at www.sanelijohills.net. Please contact Liz McCardle at lmccardle@waltersmanagement.com with questions.

Other Important Items to Note

The recent changes to the drought regulations will impact the Questhaven Park renovation project. The second part of the project was scheduled to begin on April 27. This project is on hold until the drought alter is reduced. Unfortunately, the new turf installed in the first phase of the project will be impacted. Please, please, please take care of the new grass area by reducing usage as much as possible. Wear appropriate shoes, use different areas to avoid wearing down the middle section, and avoid using the new grass for organized sports as much as possible.

In addition, while it uses recirculating water and is excluded from the ordinance, the fountain located in the town square will be turned off. The goal is to send a message that the community is sensitive to the water restrictions and will reduce opportunities for water loss and evaporation as much as possible. Please take a moment to talk with your children about the fountain and ask them to refrain from playing in the structure or vandalizing the area. The cost to repair assets from vandalism directly impacts our HOA dues.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and efforts to work together during this challenging time.


Board of Directors
San Elijo Hills Community Association

December Announcements for San Elijo Hills Association

San Elijo Hills

Following is a list of special announcements for San Elijo Hills Association:

Board Election
Ballots have been mailed for the election of three members to the Board of Directors. The following neighborhoods will also have an opportunity to elect Neighborhood Representatives: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, CrestView, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Waterford and Westcliffe. Ballots must be returned by December 4th, 2014. We encourage all owners to participate in this important process. Should you have any questions after reviewing the balloting materials, please contact Jean Salvia at jsalvia@waltersmanagement.com.

Ridgeline Trailhead Closure
Due to recent wildfire related damage, the Ridgeline Trail will remain closed until further notice. The Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot and public restroom along San Elijo Road will also be closed. Please obey all posted signs as they are placed for residents’ safety as well as liability purposes. We hope that you continue to enjoy the rest of the 18 miles of trails that we have in our community! As always, trail maps are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Fire Safety Concerns
As the weather remains warm and the conditions dry, we would like to remind our residents to take extra care in protecting their home from fire danger. Please visit http://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/index.aspx?page=24&recordid=1135 to learn about the San Diego County’s “Ready, Set, Go” approach. Additionally, the fire department has requested that owners trim any trees that are growing over the fence line into HOA trees or that are growing close to the eves of your home. Thank you for your attention to this matter!

Board Business
Yay! We have exciting news for our homeowners! Thanks to careful fiscal management and a healthy cash position, the Board of Directors has approved an assessment holiday for the month of December. Homeowners will not be charged Master Association assessments of $80.00 for December. Any payments received will be applied to current account balances and/or will be reflected as a credit towards future charges. Assessments will resume in January. Please note: if you live in a sub-association (Belmont, Creekside Cottages, Morgan’s Corner, Springfield, WestRidge), or you reside in a cost center (Westcliffe, Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure), you will still be responsible for the additional monthly assessment associated with your neighborhood.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Elementary School multipurpose room. We anticipate participation from Fire Department to discuss fire protection and prevention here in San Elijo Hills. All homeowners are welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all for another great year here in San Elijo Hills!

San Elijo Hills Tree Lighting Event: Friday, December 5th
Tis the season to be jolly! Bundle up warmly and come out to the Town Square on Friday, December 5th. Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:00PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM. Activities include:

• Santa will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
• Carolers dressed in Dickens-style attire will fill the air with classic holiday tunes.
• A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
• Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
• Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
• The following food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase: It’s a Dog’s World, Super Q BBQ, Chubby’s, & Lil Miss Shortcake.

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this long-standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine Cruz at ccruz@waltersmanagement.com. We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!

Vallecitos Water District: Drought Information
As you may be aware, the drought is likely to continue through 2015 as forecasters predict another warm winter with little rain. As a result, the Vallecitos Water District is calling on customers to comply with mandatory water conservation measures that include limiting outdoor watering to one-day-per-week for 10 minutes per station. Can your lawn withstand another dry season if additional water-use restrictions are needed? For many people, a lush, green lawn may be a thing of the past. Fortunately, water-efficient landscapes using California friendly plants, artificial turf, or rocks or mulch offer an attractive alternative to water-intensive grass.

To help you transform your landscape and conserve water, the Vallecitos Water District, in collaboration with its wholesalers, offers turf replacement rebates. The rebates, available to all Vallecitos Water District customers, provide incentives of up to $3.50 per square foot for replacing turf grass with water-efficient landscaping options more suited to the region’s semi-arid climate. There are many different landscaping options to choose from to qualify for these rebates.

Advances in technology can also significantly reduce water use. As such, rebates are available for many water efficient devices, including water efficient rotating sprinkler nozzles and weather-based irrigation controllers that use weather data and site information to adjust watering times and frequency. Rain barrels are also included in the program and offer an excellent way to collect rain runoff for irrigation. With rebates of $75 per rain barrel, this can significantly reduce the cost for rainwater harvesting. The District also provides free landscape irrigation audits, where a certified water-use specialist will come to your home or business and develop a tailor-made plan to achieve the best water savings possible.

Customers who participate in the District’s water-conservation programs may see substantial savings on their water bills. Water smart landscapes can cut outdoor water use by up to 70 percent through a combination of plant selection and irrigation technology. In addition to potentially saving money, California friendly landscapes often require less maintenance and produce a variety of colorful, seasonal foliage that attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife. With a little planning and some assistance from the District, customers can do their part to reduce water consumption, while creating a beautiful, drought-resistant landscape to enjoy for many years to come.

For more conservation information, visit www.vwd.org/conservation

Please note: A landscape application must be submitted to Walters Management and approved before any changes to your yard may take place. Also, artificial turf is not permitted in the front yard area but is allowed in your backyard.

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Free fire-wise landscape workshop coming to San Marcos

San Marcos—On Wednesday, August 27 from 6 to 8 pm, the City of San Marcos, Olivenhain Municipal Water District and Vallecitos Water District will be hosting a free fire-wise landscape workshop. Workshop attendees will learn about protecting their home from fires while reducing water used for irrigation by installing fire-resistant, drought tolerant landscapes.

“The Vallecitos Water District is honored to be a part of this partnership,” said VWD Board President Hal Martin. “By working together, we can provide more residents with valuable tools to save our most precious resource while being prepared for the realities of living in the fire prone region that we call home.”

The workshop will be taught by local native plant expert and author Greg Rubin and will cover the basic principles of landscape zoning and hydration with an overview of plant selection, installation, watering and maintenance.

With San Diego County in the midst of a Level 2 drought alert, it is important that homeowners do their part to conserve water and prepare properties for dry weather conditions.

“Suburban and urban landscapes can influence how fire spreads and behaves,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “In light of the existing drought conditions, building fire-wise landscapes have become more important than ever to protect our communities.”

This year’s record-breaking heat and exceptionally dry weather are not only challenging in terms of water supply but these conditions have set the scene for the most active fire season to date.

“Our customers are very familiar with the destructive capabilities of wildfires, and being prepared for the next fire is especially important during this hot, dry fire season,” stated OMWD Board Secretary Jerry Varty. “Installing fire-wise landscaping is a cost-effective step that customers can take to protect their homes against fires and conserve water.”

The primary goal for fire-wise landscaping is limiting the level of flammable vegetation and other natural materials surrounding the home and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation to reduce the risk of wildfires.

For more information or to reserve a seat please visit, www.olivenhain.com/events or call 760-632-4641.

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