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Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown announced an end to the drought state of emergency and for Californians to transition to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life.  He also directed the State Water Board to continue development of permanent prohibitions on wasteful water use and to continue the following water practices to best preserve this precious resource:

What’s Required for Everyone

  • You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
  • Landscapes can only be watered between 6 PM and 9 AM
  • You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and “hardscape” with potable water
  • Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
  • When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • All decorative water fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system

What’s Required for Business

  • Food service establishments may only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels and motels must offer guests the option to not launder towels and linens daily

What’s Required for the City

  • Ensure new home landscape irrigation complies with Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development requirements
  • Stop irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water
  • Continue reporting conservation progress to Water Board

Note that the City will continue to fully enforce these requirements.

Who to call for more information on these regulations, or to report water waste:

Department of Public Works: (415) 508-2130


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