Drought Still On

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New Emergency Water Regulations in Effect as of February 13, 2017

On 2/8/17, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a Resolution that revised drought-related emergency regulations.  Based on that action, the city is eliminating the previously issued restriction permitting watering or outdoor irrigation only twice per week. 

The following prohibitions and requirements remain in place as part of the City’s adoption of Stage 1 Drought Restrictions.


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 actively inspect and 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


Click here to view some Water Conservation Tips and help reduce water use.


(Last updated: February 14, 2017)