How California Water Agencies Are Responding to Record-Dry Conditions

Updated Oct. 23, 2014

Local water agencies across California are taking action in the face of dry conditions in 2014, the state's third consecutive dry year.

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Mandatory Restrictions / Stage 1, 2, 3 or 5 Water Alert Declared

  • Alameda County Water District - March 13: Water shortage declared and adoption of a water shortage emergency ordinance with mandatory restrictions and prohibitions focusing on non-essential use of water with a 20% savings target. Restrictions include draining and refilling of existing swimming pools, using a hose to wash driveways or other hard surfaces, and when in use, all hoses must be equipped with quick-acting positive shutoff nozzles. The ordinance outlines landscape irrigation prohibiting watering on consecutive days with limits of two days per week from June 1 – September 30, otherwise irrigation is allowed one day per week. A progressive enforcement policy is in place and customers are encouraged to report water waste.
  • Amador Water Agency - Aug. 24: Stage 2 Water Emergency. No irrigating between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm.; no run-off; an automatic shut-off nozzle is required when washing vehicles. Washing sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts with water is prohibited. Emptying and refilling of swimming pools and hot tubs is prohibited. Drinking water used in decorative fountains must be recirculated. Drinking water may not be used in scenic ponds and lakes except for the minimum amount needed to support aquatic life. Restaurants shall serve water to customers only upon request.
  • Atascadero Mutual Water Company - Feb. 12 declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Condition to more tightly control outdoor water use, which accounts for more than half of the total water demand. The
    goal of the declaration is to reduce overall water use by 20%.
  • Bear Valley Community Services District - Aug. 14: Stage Two Water Shortage -No run-off; use drip irrigation as much as possible; repair leaks immediately; use a broom instead of a hose to clean paved surfaces; wash vehicles with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; use low-flow showerheads and take shorter showers; runonly full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; capturing cold tap water while waiting for hot water to come down the pipes, to be used later on house plants or garden; serve water to customers at the Oak Tree Country Club and Mulligan Room only upon specific request. Lawn watering and landscape irrigation is permitted only Monday through Saturday between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.However, this watering is permitted at any time on these days if a handheld hose is used, equipped with a nozzle that automatically shuts off when released, or when a handheld container or a drip irrigation system is used. Watering and landscape irrigation is prohibited on Sundays.
  • Bella Vista Water District - Feb. 27: Declared a water shortage emergency. No outside watering during daytime hours; no new landscaping for new development; no supply for construction or hauled water outside district boundary; no filling of new ponds or new lakes.
  • Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District Aug. 13 - Stage 2 Water Emergency. Irrigation three days a week based on address; water served upon request in restaurants; irrigation prohibited between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; using water in a decorative fountain unless recirculated.
  • Big Bear City Community Services District - On Monday, February 3, 2014 the CSD Board of Directors voted to implement mandatory Stage 1 Water Restrictions: Waste is prohibited;watering with sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited; no run-off; no turf irrigation between Nov. 1 and April 1; Decorative ponds, fountains and waterways in excess of 20 gallons shall not be filled with water from the District’s water system; brushes, not hoses; vehicles washed with buckets and shut-off nozzles; water only upon request in restaurants; fix leaks immediately.
  • Bolinas Community Public Utilities District - Following activities are prohibited: Applying potable water to any driveways or sidewalks; using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures; using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a trigger shut-off nozzle; and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Watering limited to two days per week.
  • Bonanza Springs Water System - Stage 3 of drought management plan: Calling for 35% mandatory reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Brooktrails Township - April 22. Water emergency declared; limit of 180 gallons per day per connection.
  • Calaveras County Water District - June 12: Stage 3 Mandatory Water Conservation declared. Use of water for cleaning hardscape is prohibited; all irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; water may only be used in decorative fountains and recreational ponds to preserve aquatic life; filling new or existing pools is prohibited; irrigation will only be allowed on an odd/even watering program; water for irrigation of commercial landscape, schools and parks shall be reduced by 35 percent.  If customers violate the conservation order, they will first receive a written warning. If the problem persists, those in violation will have their water governed by a flow-restricting device for a period of 30 days, or until the CCWD Board of Directors repeals the state of emergency. The district may also pursue a misdemeanor violation of California Water Code Section 31029. If convicted of this crime, a person could be put in jail for up to 30 days, fined up to $600, or both.
  • California American Water Sacramento - No run-off; must use automatic shut-off nozzle to wash vehicles, no washing of paved surfaces; fountain or other decorative water features, must use recirculating systems. Violations of any of these four prohibited water use activities is a civil or criminal infraction punishable by a fine of up to $500 for each day in which the violation occurs.  Violators may also result in the utility’s installation of flow restrictors or the shut off of water service.
  • Cambria Community Services District – Water Rationing, March 1: Each permanent residence will be allotted two units of water per month, or four per the two-month billing cycle (one unit is 748 gallons, or 100 cubic feet). Permanent residents can apply for additional unit allotments. If a dwelling exceeds the allotment, a 500 percent surcharge will apply for the first violation, a 1,000 percent surcharge for the second, and further violations will be subject to discontinuance. Commercial users will be required to reduce use to 80 percent of their 12-month average.
  • Carlsbad Municipal Water District - Aug. 19: Mandatory limits on outdoor irrigation to conserve water. “Drought Response Level 2,” limits the days of the week and times of day that residents and businesses may irrigate outdoor landscaping. Irrigation is permitted between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., three days a week based on address. Watering is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes per irrigation station.
  • Carmichael Water District - Effective August 1, 2014, Stage 2 mandatory water use program: no water runoff from property allowed; free flowing hoses are prohibited for any use; all hoses must have an automatic shutoff device; the direct application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks is prohibited except for health and safety; car washing must use bucket and hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; all swimming pools, spas, and ornamental fountains/pools using district water shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and maintained leak free; the “dump and fill” practice of swimming pool maintenance is prohibited. No filling of swimming pools, ornamental fountains, water features, or ponds allowed, except to maintain levels; internal and external water leaks must be fixed in a timely manner; new landscape installations should be limited to drought-tolerant plants and natives.  Recommend no new turf or hydro-seeding; wash only full loads of laundry and dishes. Repeat violations will be subject to fines.
  • Carpenteria Valley Water District - Stage One Drought Emergency Declared: Following are the prohibited and required actions declared in the drought emergency. The following is prohibited:washing down of paved surfaces and buildings; run-off; irrigation at any time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. of any yard. The following is required: breaks or leaks in any customer's plumbing shall be immediately repaired upon discovery;water served in restaurants upon request only; vehicles are washed only at commercial car washing facilities or by use of a bucket and hose equipped with a self-closing valve that requires operator pressure to activate the flow of water.
  • Casitas Water District - Mandatory Water Restrictions: Limit of Two days per week outdoor irrigation; only between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.; sweep, don’t wash paved surfaces; no run-off; hose nozzle shut-off when hand-watering plants or washing vehicles.
  • Castaic Lake - Prohibited: run-off; washing a vehicle without a shut-off nozzle; washing down of paved surfaces; the use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a re-circulating system. During the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October, outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is restricted to no more than three (3) days per week. Watering by address.
  • Citrus Heights Water District - Mandatory Stage 3 Water Warning. No run-off; automatic shut-off nozzles; leaks fixed within three days; recirculating pumps in pools; fountains; no washing of paved surfaces.
  • City of Alhambra - The following uses of water are prohibited:  to hose paved surfaces unless the purpose is for health and safety; to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, and similar structures unless such structure is equipped with a water recycling system; to serve drinking water unless at the express request of a customer; to allow water to leak or fail to timely repair any leak; to allow run off; to use a hose to wash vehicles, or building exteriors or other hard-surfaced areas without an operating shut-off valve; to irrigate more often than once every three days; to irrigate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; to refill a swimming pool, spa or hot tub.
  • City of American Canyon - Drought Emergency Stage 2 (Mandatory Compliance - Water Alert) on Aug.29. Prohibitions include: No washing down driveways, sidewalks, patios and other paved areas with a hose.No water of lawns, landscaping or vegetation that causes runoff; no watering of lawns and landscaping between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.; no washing motor vehicles between noon and 6 p.m. At all times, the hose must be fitted with a shut-off nozzle. No using potable water in a water feature unless the water is recirculated. No refilling or initial filling of water to a swimming pool.
  • City of Anaheim - Aug. 13: Mandatory restrictions - No run-off; wash vehicles with automatic shut-off nozzles only; no washing of hard-paved surfaces; no potable water in decorative fountain unless recirculated. No watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • City of Angels Camp - Watering three days a week between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. based on address, not allowed on Mondays. No washing down of paved surfaces or buildings. Vehicles washed with bucket and hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; no run-off.
  • City of Antioch - Aug. 26: Residents may not fill decorative lakes, ponds, or fountains that do not recirculate the water; wash off sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking spots and other areas with hard surfaces; irrigate their yards to the point that there's a flood or that water runs into a gutter, drain, street or onto a patio or driveway; wash a vehicle, trailer or boat using a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle.
  • City of Arcadia - Aug. 6: Phase I mandatory restrictions: No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas, no water can be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless such water is part of a recycling system; no watering lawn, landscape, or turf areas between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., no run-off; no leaks; water served upon request only. If residents break the rules they will be subject to a surcharge penalty for water in excess of the base amount supplied to them. Residents caught breaking the rules three times could see a $100 fine.
  • City of Arroyo Grande– Permanent mandatory water conservation restrictions in effect. City is stepping up monitoring and enforcement of water use restrictions as of Jan. 17.
  • City of Avalon - July 1: Restrictions fall under Stage 2; customers must reduce by 25% or face penalties.
  • City of Azusa - Phase III of Water Conservation Plan: – Water two days per week; after 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. the following morning if using automatic sprinklers. No watering of lawn or landscape with hose except on designated days and only if positive shut off nozzle is used. No washing down of sidewalks/driveways; no runoff. Wash vehicles only with a positive shut-off valve or bucket permitted 
    Repair leaks within 48 hours.
  • City of Benicia - Effectively immediately through October 15, 2014, the emergency ordinance stipulates that residents may water three days a week only, based on address.
  • City of Beverly Hills - Asking residents to observe restricted watering days. Runoff from outdoor sprinklers and using a watering hose to clear driveways, sidewalks and streets is prohibited and subject to fines. Using drinking water in non-circulating fountains is prohibited. The City has an automated  leak detection program and notifies residents if a leak is identified. 
  • City of Burbank - Mandatory restrictions: Landscape irrigation limited to 15 minutes per station a day, once a week — on Saturdays — from November through March, and three times a week — on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — between April and October. Watering has to take place before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. 
  • City of Calistoga - Stage II Water Emergency Resolution. Beginning March 1, 2014, the city will be enforcing Stage II mandatory water conservation efforts to achieve the desired goal of a 20% reduction in water use as compared to the previous year’s water use, and impose economic penalties.
  • City of Cerritos - Aug. 29: The following actions are prohibited: runoff; use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle, except when the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle; washing of paved surfaces; use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system. Residential and commercial landscape areas shall be watered between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. and for no more than 10 minutes per watering station. Watering shall be limited to three times per week during the months of June through September, and two times per week during the months of October through May.
  • City of ChowchillaSept. 16: Irrigation two days per week, between 6 p.m. and 11 a.m.
  • City of CloverdaleImposed mandatory water conservation measures on Jan. 22, with the intent to curtail water use by 25%.
  • City of Compton - Phase I Water Shortage Plan mandatory restrictions: no hose washing of paved surfaces, except as is required for sanitary purposes; washing of vehicles shall be done only with a handheld bucket or a hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle except at a commercial car wash or with reclaimed water. No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative structures unless part of a recycling system. Water served upon request only; promptly repair all leaks; irrigate no more often than every other day by address, not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; no run-off.
  • City of Corning - Check and repair any landscape irrigation fixtures that overspray onto hardscapes like sidewalks and driveways; utilize automatic shut-off nozzle equipment when washing vehicles; do not clean driveways or sidewalks with sprayed water; discontinue the use of fountains or other decorative water fixtures that do not use re-circulated water; limit irrigation of landscaping to not more than two days per week.
  • City of CoronaHas declared a Stage 2 Water Emergency. Stage 2 Mandatory restrictions: These actions are prohibited --Watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; allowing water to run off property; using water to wash down hard surfaces. Leaks and broken sprinklers must be fixed in a timely manner. Irrigation three days a week by address; 20 minutes per station; only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Washing vehicles is permitted with a bucket and hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Water upon request only in restaurants.
  • City of Daly City Aug. 11: Mandatory restrictions. Urgency ordinance prohibits residents from: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering outdoor landscapes that cause visible runoff; using a hose to wash an automobile, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in non-recirculated ornamental fountains. In addition, outdoor irrigation is prohibited from the hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and limited to no more than two days per week (Sunday through Saturday).
  • City of Davis - Sept. 2: Stage 3 water shortage emergency, requiring a 30% reduction in water use. No outdoor watering between 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Odd number mailing addresses can only water their landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Even number mailing addresses can only water their landscapes on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Property owners must fix water leaks within 72 hours. Restaurants will only serve water on request.
  • City of Del Mar -- declared Drought Response Stage 2 to be in effect  on July 21, 2014. This declaration makes mandatory a variety of water conservation measures city-wide, including but not limited to:Limiting outdoor irrigation to between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. except for drip or micro irrigation systems, controlling irrigation to avoid runoff to adjacent properties or public and private roadways; using brooms to clean outdoor paved areas and not water washing except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards; washing cars only using hand held hoses with positive shut off nozzles; restaurants only serving water upon request; repairing all water leaks promptly; only operating ornamental fountains that recirculate water.
  • City of Fairfield - July 31: the City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by implementing the following mandatory conservation measures: Water landscapes before noon or after 6 p.m.; wash paved areas only to protect public health and safety; refrain from using running water to wash buildings; wash vehicles only at a commercial car wash or with the use of a controllable water source such as a bucket or hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • City of FolsomAdopted city-wide Water Warning requiring 20% reduction in water use. Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of City water for construction purposes without approval.
  • City of Fresno - Effective Aug. 1: Stage 2 of water Contingency Plan. Limit summer outdoor irrigation to 2 days/ week with reduced watering times (or allow only irrigation of trees and shrubs, but not turf), prohibit winter outdoor irrigation; allow car washing with bucket only (a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle may be used for a quick rinse); watering must occur before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m. 
  • City of Galt - Aug. 1: Stage 2 Water Alert -- Automatic shutoff devices shall be used on all hoses for the purposes of watering lawns or gardens or for the washing of vehicles, boats, equipment, driveways, sidewalks. Leaks must be repaired within five days. All pools, spas, ponds and ornamental fountains shall be equipped with a recirculating pump and shall be constructed in a leak-proof manner. Draining and refilling of such structure shall be allowed only for health, maintenance or structural considerations. Landscape and pasture irrigation shall be limited to a maximum of three days per week on an odd/even schedule. No irrigation will be permitted on Mondays.
  • City of Gilroy - Aug. 7: No watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; no runoff; watering limited to three days a week, 15 minutes only.
  • City of Glendale - Phase II Mandatory Water Conservation: .No run-off or overspray; decorative fountains must have a water recirculation system; water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours; no irrigation between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. or when wind is blowing or when it is raining; when washing vehicles use a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle. Water served upon request; lodging establishments must give
    option of no daily laundry service.
  • City of Glendora - Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation: All Glendora customers reduce water consumption to a level at least 10% below the use level for the same billing period last year. Use full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; take shorter showers; install low-flow showerheads and toilets; repair leaks; when brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the faucet; water the lawn only when necessary; install a programmable irrigation system; water only when it is cool outside, early morning or evening is best; do not wash down driveways and sidewalks, use a broom.
  • City of Grover BeachOn June 16, 2014, the City Council declared a Stage III Water Shortage for the City of Grover Beach. A Stage III Declaration is a severe-mandatory measure that requires all water customers to reduce their water usage by 10%. Additionally, a number of prohibitions that had previously been "voluntary" during the two years of the Stage II Water Shortage Declaration are now "mandatory". The Stage III Declaration will also provide the City the authority to impose penalties for failure to comply with water reduction or use prohibitions.
  • City of Healdsburg Stage 2 Mandatory Compliance: No washing of paved surfaces; repair leaks within 72 hours of notification; wash vehicles with automatic shut-off nozzle only; the City will not accept or approve building permits for new swimming pools unless the owner agrees to obtain pool water from a source other than the City’s potable water system; refilling of a swimming pool except when topping off to prevent damage to pump and filter equipment is not allowed. Owners of pools should use a cover to minimize evaporation.
  • City of Hillsborough - Aug. 18: Requires efficient irrigation, which is defined as irrigating twice weekly or in a manner designed to achieve a comparable reduction in water consumption; prohibits irrigation during daylight hours, defined as one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset; prohibits excessive runoff from irrigation, either onto streets, sidewalks or adjacent property;prohibits washing sidewalks, driveways and other hardscape with potable water except where necessary to address an immediate health or safety need; requires hoses used to wash vehicles be equipped with nozzle shut-off devices; prohibits the use of potable water in fountains and decorative water features except where the water is part of a re-circulating system; and provides for fines up to $500 per day for each violation.
  • City of Huntington Beach - Irrigation is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; no more than 15 minutes per day per station; no runoff; washing of vehicles requires the use of a bucket or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle. Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited. Water fountains or decorative water features are required to use recirculation systems. Restaurants are to serve drinking water only upon request. Commercial lodging establishments must provide guests the option to decline daily linen services. Installation of non-recirculating water systems in commercial car wash and laundry systems is prohibited. Violations are subject to fines from $125 up to $1,000.
  • City of La Verne -Aug. 4: Phase V Water Use Restrictions - No washing of paved surfaces; vehicles may only be washed with hand held bucket and hose with automatic shut-off nozzle, or at commercial carwash that uses reclaimed water; water shall not be used in decorative fountains unless part of a recycling system; water served upon request at restaurants; leaks repaired within 48 hours of notification; watering  permitted between the hours of one hour before sunset and ten a.m. for no more than five minutes per station or area, and not to exceed more than 20 minutes per week; except that there shall be no restriction on watering with reclaimed water, providing that signs are posted that identify reclaimed water is being used. The use of properly operating drip irrigation systems or hand held buckets shall be permitted at any time. No run-off.
  • City of Lakewood - July 23: No washing driveways and sidewalks and limit the watering of lawns and gardens to twice a week, 10 minutes each time between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.No run-off; washing vehicles and other equipment can only be done with water from a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Watering of a lawn is exempted from the twice-per-week rules if done with a hose utilizing a shut-off nozzle.The city can issue citations to residents with fines of up to $500 per violation, although the process starts with a warning letter and builds for repeat violations.
  • City of Lathrop: Aug. 20: Residents and commercial irrigation two days per week, only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.; no runoff; handheld trigger shutoff nozzles required for all hoses; no washing of paved surfaces or building exteriors; leaks must be fixed; all ornamental fountains except those that utilize water recycling equipment must be turned off. Fines for violations.
  • City of Lincoln - Stage Two Water Alert - Mandatory Watering Restrictions. Limit landscape watering to a maximum of three days per week, based on odd/even address, only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Equip all hoses or filling apparatus for non-irrigation purposes with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Limit hosing of landscape surfaces except for health and safety purposes. Serve water only upon request to restaurant customers.
  • City of Livermore: May 12: Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Measures. Reduce outdoor water use by 50%. Water lawns two days per week, odd/even schedule between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no run-off; vehicles washed no more than once monthly with bucket and hose with shut-off nozzle; clean paved surfaces with broom and bucket, not hose; swimming pools and spas covered when not in use; water upon trequest in restaurants.
  • City of Long Beach - Feb. 27: Declared a water supply shortage. Prohibited use of water: Irrigating landscape with potable water any day other than Monday, Thursday, or Saturday; serving drinking water if not requested; irrigating landscape with potable water for more than 10 minutes per authorized day if using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute, or for more than 20 minutes per authorized day if using stream rotator-type or gear driven sprinkler heads rated at emitting less than one gallon per minute.
  • City of Malibu - Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no leaks; no run-offs; trigger nozzle is required on hoses used for home car washing; washing down of sidewalks, parking areas, and driveways is not permitted; topping off of pools only; restaurants, hotels, and cafes shall only serve drinking water upon request. 
  • City of MilpitasIrrigate before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m.; no run-off; no washing of paved surfaces; washing vehicles should only be done using a bucket and/or hose with automatic shut-off nozzle for quick rinses. It is illegal to wash vehicles in the street and on your driveway. Only wash vehicles on your lawn at home.
  • City of Modesto – Outdoor water use restrictions in effect.
  • City of Montague Monthly limit of 5,000 gallons per home, with fines for running over.
  • City of Morgan Hill - April 2: Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Declared implementing the mandatory measures needed to achieve a 20% reduction in water use. Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, during the months of April through October. Watering limitations decrease further, to one day a week beginning in November. That day will be Wednesday. Fix leaks immediately; no washing down of hard surfaces.
  • City of Morro Bay - Severely Restricted Water Supply Conditions. Irrigation of public and private landscaping by address; no water used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks and other hardscapes. Bucket to wash cars. Water upon request in restaurants.
  • City of Mountain ViewSept. 16: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Must fix leaks within five days; no run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; no at-home vehicle washing, except by bucket; irrigate between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., three days per week, 15 min. per station; do not use potable water to fill decorative water features, except to sustain aquatic life (water must be recirculated). Must offer reuse option for linens to hotel guests; water served upon request only.
  • City of Napa - Stage 2 Moderate Water Shortage Regulations: Specific water-wasting actions prohibited, with violations subject to fines of up to $500: Over-watering lawns and landscapes such that excessive runoff flows onto adjacent property, walkways, roadways, or parking lots; using water to wash driveways or sidewalks; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless hose is equipped with a shutoff nozzle; using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. No landscape irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., except to meet the initial watering requirements of newly planted landscaping and newly seeded lawns; no draining and refilling of swimming pools, unless needed for repair purposes.
  • City of Newport Beach - Level 1 Mandatory Watering Restrictions: No customer shall use potable water to irrigate any lawn, landscape or other vegetated area except on the scheduled irrigation days. Four irrigation days per week during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October and two irrigation days per week during the months of November, December, January, February and March.
  • City of Oceanside - Aug. 7: Level II Mandatory Conservation.  No washing down of paved surfaces,except to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards; no run-off; irrigate three days a week between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. only; use a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system; use recirculated water to operate ornamental fountains; wash vehicles with a bucket and hose with a positive shut-off nozzle; water served and refilled in restaurants only upon request; linens replaced in commercial lodging establishments upon request only; repair leaks within 72 hours.
  • City of Palo Alto -  August 4:  Implementing all requirements of the stage of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan (part of the Urban Water Management Plan that imposes mandatory restrictions on outdoor irrigation with potable water. The following water uses are prohibited: landscape irrigation between 10 a.m – 6 p.m., unless applied by drip, soaker hose, or hand watering; potable water runoff from landscaped areas; washing vehicles, boats, etc. with potable water if hose or applicator is not equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle; washing driveways and/or sidewalks, with exemptions for health, safety or state/federal permitting requirements; potable water in fountains or decorative water features without a recirculating system; potable water for consolidation of backfill and other nondomestic construction use if other water sources such as reclaimed water are available; disrepair of broken or defective plumbing, sprinklers, watering or irrigation systems which permit the escape or leakage of water. 
  • City of Pasa Robles -  Level 2 condition means that a 20% reduction in overall city water demand is needed to ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet anticipated summer water demands. Mandatory outdoor water restrictions are in effect beginning May 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2014. Customers are required to limit watering to 3-days per week, avoiding the hours between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Watering schedule restrictions are voluntary from October 1 through April 30. Prohibition on excessive water runoff; car washing allowed only with a bucket and hose shutoff nozzle; prohibition on washing down paved surfaces, except under certain conditions.
  • City of Pasadena - July 28: declared a local  water emergency, establishing a 20% conservation goal and implementing  the city’s Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan, with mandatory water waste  restrictions effective immediately. Watering limited to three days per week in summer, one  day per week in winter beginning Nov. 1 and requires that leaks be repaired within 72 hours, in  addition to permanent water waste prohibition. Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for  residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts.
  • City of Petaluma - Mandatory restrictions:  No landscape irrigation with potable water between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; no run-off; no washing of vehicles without hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles, no decorative water features unless recirculating.
  • City of Pismo Beach - July 1: the Pismo Beach City Council declared a citywide Severely Restricted Water Supply Condition. No run-off; outdoor water use for boats, buildings or other similar uses shall be attended and have shutoff nozzles; no water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, or other such uses except by the city contracted street sweeper, or as found necessary by the city to protect the public health or safety; outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping; restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer; use of potable water for compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited.
  • City of Porterville: Phase II Water Conservation: Irrigation three days per week based on address. No run-off; no washing of paved surfaces; vehicles may only be washed with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; no operation of ornamental water feature unless with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; no operation of ornamental water feature unless water is recirculated.
  • City of Pleasanton - May 6: Ordering residents and business owners to mandatorily cut water usage by 25 percent. Requiring all of Pleasanton's municipal facilities as well as its parks, golf course and residential customers not to exceed 75 percent of the water they used last year. The limits are effective immediately.
  • City of Redding - Aug. 5: Mandatory restrictions. No run-off; use a hose with shut-off nozzles to wash cars, washing driveways and sidewalks and using running water in decorative fountains. Water three days a week by address, early morning or evening. Enforcement will start with two warnings before the water user receives a letter explaining the fines. The fourth incident will trigger a fine, to be determined.
  • City of Redlands - Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • City of PowayJuly 21- Level 2 Water shortage. Mandatory conservation measures that took effect on Aug. 1: Watering based on address, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Landscape irrigation using sprinklers is limited to no more than ten minutes maximum per watering station per assigned day. This requirement does not apply to drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems. Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system may occur no more than three assigned days per week by using a hand-held container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume soaker hose.
  • City of Rio Dell - Rio Dell residents will face an initial 50% increase in their water bills — followed by steeper penalties --  if they use more than the allotted 50 gallons a day per person during the water shortage.
  • City of Riverside - Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • City of Rohnert Park - No run-off; no washing cars without shut-off nozzle; no washing of paved surfaces; no use of potable water in decorative fountains; no irrigating between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; no run-off.
  • City of Roseville- March 24: Calling for a mandatory 20% reduction in water use by residents and businesses.  The water use reductions also require commercial water customers to reduce their outdoor irrigation by 30 percent, bans the washing of cars without a water nozzle or without going to a commercial car wash, prohibits washing of hardscape surfaces unless for health and safety purposes, and prohibits water waste.Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • City of Sacramento – Mandatory 20% reduction in water use. Odd/even landscape watering two days a week, between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m.; car washing on landscape days only with bucket and trigger nozzle.
  • City of San Bernardino - Stage II outdoor water restrictions: Irrigation shall be allowed only between the off-peak hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.; irrigation shall be limited to no more than four days per week, based on odd/even addresses; no run-off; no washing hardscapes; no washing of vehicles without use of an automatic shut off device; no use of fountains that use potable water, unless the water is recirculated.
  • City of San Diego - Oct. 20: San Diego entered a “Level 2” Drought Alert. Water  no more than three days per week, in addition to permanent irrigation restrictions that mandate watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer and after 4 p.m. in the winter. When watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler on a timer should be used. When it rains, yards should not be watered. Wash vehicles before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer, using recycled water for construction purposes, when available and limiting the use of fire hydrants to firefighting, construction, health and safety. Permanent mandatory water restrictions include immediately fixing any leaks and residents not using a running hose to wash down driveways, sidewalks, patios or other paved areas. The overfilling of pools and spas is also prohibited. Also, restaurants should only serve or refill water for patrons upon request.
  • City of San JoseAug. 26: Declared a citywide water shortage. It is illegal to use potable water to irrigate lawns between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through April 2015. Also prohibited: washing vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle and filling non-recirculating fountains with potable water.
  • City of Santa Barbara - A Stage Two Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council May 20, 2014. Hoses must have automatic shut-off nozzles;irrigation is limited to between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Cars and boats must be washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water, or by hose with shut-off nozzle. The use of water in ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited except: if located indoors or on residential properties; for fountains that have a total water surface area less than or equal to 25 ft.²;  are home to aquatic life.Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use. No draining or refilling of pools by more than one third, unless authorized. Drought notices required in restaurants and hotels; water served on request only.
  • City of Santa Cruz - On Feb. 25 formally declared a water shortage emergency. May 1: Residents in single-family homes will be allotted 249 gallons per day at regular rates. Households with more than four residents can request an additional allotment and households with fewer than four are asked to keep water use to 60 gallons per person per day. Customers who use more than their allotment will pay $25 for the first 10% over and $50 for every 10% over after that.
  • City of Santa Monica - Aug. 15: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Beginning in October - Mandatory restrictions would require a 20% reduction in water use. Each water customer would be given a customized water budget allocating a certain amount of water to use each billing period. Water budgets are based on 2013 usage, so it’s important to start implementing conservation measures now. Fines would be charged for exceeding your water budget. 
  • City of Santa PaulaOct. 6: Mandatory 20% reduction. Violators could face fines up to $500. No run-off; washing vehicles allowed with shut-of nozzle.
  • City of Santa Rosa - Aug. 5 - Stage 1 – Mandatory complies with the State’s Emergency Drought Regulations and includes the following: Prohibits water waste as defined by our water waste ordinance; water waste is defined as break or leaks in the distribution system and runoff and overspray from irrigation; requires outdoor irrigation to occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.; prohibits washing down of hardscapes (unless required for public health and safety); prohibits the use of potable water for street washing; requires the use of shut-off hose nozzles on all garden and utility hoses; requires “Water-on-request” programs at restaurants.
  • City of Seal Beach - Mandatory restrictions include limiting outdoor water use to three days a week before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. No washing of hard paved surfaces; no run-off; vehicles washed with shutoff nozzle and hand held bucket. First offense is written warning, second offense is 15% surcharge on resident's water bill. After that, water may be restricted.
  • City of Sebastapol - Prohibitions include use of potable water to wash down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other hard surfaces, except where flammable or hazardous substances are present. Other prohibitions include washing of vehicles, except from a bucket, though hoses may be used for rinsing if they’re equipped with a shutoff valve; excessive outdoor irrigation that causes runoff or over-spray; and filling of swimming pools. Residents also are urged to limit irrigation to evening and early morning hours. 
  • City of Shasta Lake - Aug. 5: Mandatory restrictions include: limiting irrigation to three nights a week between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.; no run-off; Now new landscape irrigation systems installed for developed parcels. No washing down of paved surfaces; water leaks must be repaired within 24 hours of notification. Vehicles cannot be washed with a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle. Restaurants may only serve water upon request.
  • City of Sierra Madre – Implemented mandatory water conservation measures for all water customers in Sierra Madre in May 2013. Still in effect.
  • City of Signal Hill - No washing of hardscape; no run-off; no watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., no more than 15 minutes per station, Monday, Thursday and Saturday; when washing vehicles, an automatic shut-off nozzle must be used.
  • City of Solvang - To avoid added fees, irrigation customers will have to cut back 40 percent of what they used in 2013. Businesses and people who live in multi-family homes will have to cut back 15 percent of what they used last year. Single-family homes have a three tier cut back plan. Under this set up, fines will double if a household uses 11 to 16 units of water, and they will triple if 17 to 20 units of water is used.
  • City of St. Helena - Phase II Water Emergency. Single family homes 65 gallons per day, 2,500 gallons per month for irrigation.
  • City of Torrance - March 18: Level 1 Water Shortage. No watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; only three days a week; repair leaks within seven days.
  • City of Truckee - Aug. 12: Stage 2 Mandatory Drought regulations - watering limited to two days per week; no run-off; when washing vehicles, must use hose with automatic shut-off valve. No use of potable water in fountains or other decorative water features unless water is recirculated. There are provisions for penalties and fines.
  • City of Ventura: Sept. 23: Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency -- Limit outdoor watering  to two days a week and not water between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  No run-off; fix leaks within 48 hours; wash cars with shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; water served only upon request at restaurants.
  • City of Visalia – Adopted ordinance limiting outdoor watering, car washing, etc. to specific days.
  • City of Wasco - The Wasco City Council voted in February to implement stage two of the city’s water conservation ordinance, which regulates outdoor watering, sidewalk washing and other uses. Enforcement begins March 4.
  • City of West Sacramento - Aug. 13: Mandatory restrictions. No washing down of streets, sidewalks, driveways and buildings. No run-off; watering three days a week based on address; no watering between noon and 6 p.m. Violators will receive two written notices and third and subsequent violations will result in bill multiplied by five.
  • City of Willits - The restrictions limit households to just 150 gallons per day and require businesses to cut water use by at least 35 percent from the same time last year. Violators could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
  • City of Windsor -Aug. 6: Stage 2 Shortage Emergency, including: No watering of new or replacement turf grass; no run-off; no hosing sidewalks and driveways; no washing of cars and boats except using a bucket and hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle for a quick rinse; no initial filling, or draining and refilling of pools during the shortage period; water served upon request only; water three days per week between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • City of Woodlake - June 1: Stage 4 Water Restrictions: Outdoor irrigation of vegetation is allowed before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on designated days; washing of vehicles not occurring at commercial car washes and not in the immediate interest of public health, safety and/or welfare is prohibited; washing of sidewalks and driveways is prohibited, unless necessary for public health; the operation of ornamental fountains, waterfalls or similar structures is prohibited; draining and refilling of pools is prohibited. Administrative fines for violations are $75, $150 and $300.
  • City of Woodland - Aug. 19: Stage One Water Alert. Under this water conservation stage, all water users are required to reduce water use from normal water use levels (your average water use for that month) by 10%, with efforts made to achieve this reduction wholly or partly by cutting back outdoor irrigation.
  • Cloverdale – Imposed mandatory water conservation measures on Jan. 22, with the intent to curtail water use by 25%.
  • Coachella Valley Water District - Aug. 12: Mandatory water restrictions. Irrigate lawns/other landscaping only after sunset and before 10 a.m., except when over-seeding. Repair broken sprinklers within 24 hours of being notified. Do not wash down hardscapes. Only use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles, windows, solar panels, tennis courts. Prevent runoff. Operate fountains or other water features only if they recirculate the water. Restaurants can serve water to customers only upon request. Hotels supply clean linens upon request. First offense is a written warning; 2nd offense is a $50 fine on the water bill; 3rd offense is a $100 fine; and 4th offense is a $200 fine.
  • Coastside County Water District - Aug. 12: Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency Warning. Mandatory restrictions and prohibitions on irrigation and outdoor water use.
  • Contra Costa Water District On March 19, the Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors approved a program asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use 15%. Mandatory restrictions prohibit: outside irrigation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m; outside water that results is excess runoff into a gutter, drain, etc.; washing a vehicle without a shutoff nozzle; washing paved or other hard-surface with water; using a non-recirculating decorative fountain or filling decorative lakes or ponds.
  • Crescenta Valley Water District - Declared Yellow Alert - defined as an Extraordinary Conservation Alert. Extraordinary conservation is called for from customers. Customers are required to minimize indoor water use and water outdoors no more than three days per week. Outdoor irrigation will be permitted only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Cucamonga Valley Water District - Aug. 26: Stage 2 Alert which requires customers to conserve 10% of their water use compared to their previous billing cycle.  Outdoor irrigating is limited between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. The following prohibitions are also mandated: applying water to outdoor landscapes that contributes to run-off; using a hose to wash automobiles if it's not equipped with a shut-off nozzle; applying water to hard surfaces; using potable water in fountain or decorative water features; leaks and broken sprinklers repaired upon notification by the district; restaurants will only serve water on request; hotels will offer guests the option to not launder linen daily.  
  • Del Paso Manor Water District - Prohibited: use of potable water to wash sidewalks & driveways; runoff when irrigating with potable water; hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars; potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water.
  • Desert Water Agency - Effective August 5, 2014, DWA has implemented Stage 2 of the Agency's water shortage contingency plan. The following activities are prohibited: Washing hardscape; running water for car washing (bucket allowed, nozzle allowed for rinsing only). Commercial nurseries may only water between midnight and 6 a.m. Parks, golf courses, and schools may only irrigate landscapes between sunset and sunrise. Lawn watering and construction meter use may only occur between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. Restaurants may only provide water upon request. Exceptions to these mandates will be made in situations where health and safety concerns exist. Recycled water users are also exempt.
  • Diablo Water District - Prohibited: Watering outdoor landscapes so heavily that it causes runoff; washing vehicles with a hose not fitted with a shut-off nozzle; washing sidewalks and driveways except for health and safety purposes; using potable water in fountains that don't have a recirculation system.
  • Dublin San Ramon Water District - May 5, 2014: Residential use must not exceed 640 gallons per day. Customers must comply with a mandatory 25% reduction in water use.If potable water is used to irrigate outdoors; must reduce outdoor use by 60%. The district is now offering free recycled water at three stations. Customers can fill water tanks or any other containers with up to 300 gallons to be used for irrigation, fill decorative fountains, wash horses or any other use other than drinking.
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District - Aug. 12: Mandatory restrictions - water outdoor landscapes two times per week. No runoff; no washing of hard-paved surfaces, unless for health or safety reasons. Vehicles may only be washed with hoses with shut-off nozzles. Fountains and decorative water feature must be turned off unless they use recirculated water. 
  • East Orange County Water District - Year-round permanent mandatory restrictions since June 2009. Water only 10 minutes daily; no run-off; brooms, not hose; trigger nozzle, buckets to wash car; water and linens upon request.
  • East Valley Water District - Aug. 2014:Mandatory - Prohibiting application of water to hard surfaces for washing-down; prohibiting outdoor landscaping runoff or excessive waste; prohibiting daytime watering between 6 am- 8 pm; prohibiting using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a car. First Violation: Warning; Second Violation: $100 surcharge Within 12 months of first violation; Third Violation: $200 surcharge and/or installation of a flow restrictor.
  • Eastern Municipal Water District - Stage 3a, which we are asking customers to reduce outdoor irrigation by one day per week and no longer approving variances for the establishment of new landscaping, the filling of swimming pools or for leaks not repaired within 48 hours.
  • El Dorado Irrigation District - From June 16 until September 15, the mandatory watering restrictions are limited to three times a week, based upon your address. No irrigating is allowed on any day between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • El Toro Water District - Aug. 30: Level 1 Water Shortage. No outside irrigation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; limit to 15 minutes or less per day per valve; do not water while it is raining; no excessive water flow or runoff; fix leaks within 5 days; do not hose or wash down paved surfaces;ash vehicles using a bucket or hose with a shutoff nozzle or visit a local carwash that uses recycled water; ll decorative fountains and water features must use re-circulated water; restaurants must serve water only upon request; hotels must provide fresh linen option.
  • Elk Grove Water District - Stage I Water Alert: Odd/even watering three days a week; no washing down driveways and sidewalks;
    no runoff; no use of a hose to wash a vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle; no use of potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. First violation: Customer is notified of violation; Second violation: Written warning sent to customer; Third violation: $200 fine and customer is scheduled for mandatory water audit; Fourth violation: $500 fine and a flow restriction device is installed; Fifth violation: $500 fine and the water service is shut off. Connection fee assessed to reactivate water service.
  • Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District - Stage 2 Water Restrictions: Use sprinkler irrigation systems between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., no more than three times per week; no run-off; fix leaks; no washing hardscape; no using a hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle to wash a vehicle; no using a fountain or water feature unless the water is recirculated.
  • Fallbrook Public Utilities District - Drought Alert Level II: Mandatory - Limit landscape irrigation to 3 days per week and only 10 minutes per station. Odd/even watering; no washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only; use a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle, or a bucket to water trees and wash vehicles; ornamental fountains must recirculate their water; restaurants must serve and refill water only when requested; hotels and motels must offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily; repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification.
  • Fair Oaks Water District - Stage 3 – Water Warning. No run-off. Automatic shut-off devices shall be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use. Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within two (2) working days or less. All pools, spas, and ornamental fountains/ponds shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be constructed to be leak-proof.  Pool draining and refilling shall be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations. No washing of paved surfaces. Reduce landscape and pasture irrigation by 11-25%.  Customers with “smart” irrigation timers or controllers are asked to set their controllers to achieve 75-89% of the evapotranspiration (ET) rate.  Drip irrigation systems are excluded from this requirement.  Reduce indoor water use by 11-25%. Restaurants shall serve water only upon request. Use of construction meters and fire hydrant meters will be monitored for efficient water use.
  • Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District - Adopted resolution to meet SWRCB Regulations. Prohibited: potable water to wash sidewalks & driveways; runoff when irrigating with potable water; hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars; potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water.
  • Glendale Water and Power - Phase II Mandatory Water Conservation. Customers can only water their landscapes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for 10 minutes at each watering station. 
  • Goleta Water DistrictSeptember 9, 2014 declared a Stage II Water Shortage. Hoses used for any purpose must be equipped with a shut-off nozzle. No washing of hardpaved surfaces or buildings. Vehicles and boats may only be washed at commercial car washing facilities or with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle. Use of water in outdoor fountains, reflection ponds, and decorative water features is prohibited unless located on a residential property or home to aquatic life. Outdoor landscape irrigation is limited to no more than two times per week between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m., no more than two days per week. Restaurants may only serve water if specifically requested by the patron. Repeated violations will be penalized with fines ranging from $100 up to $500.
  • Helix Water District - Aug. 7 - Drought Level 2: Limit residential and commercial landscape irrigation to three days per week (chosen by customer), no more than 10 minutes per station; no run-off. Turn off ornamental fountains and other water features unless they recirculate water. When hand-watering landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties, use a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation. Limit hand-watering to three days per week (chosen by customer). Repair all leaks within 72 hours.
  • Hi-Desert Water District - No hose washing of any hardscape unless required by a regulatory agency for health or safety reasons; no water shall be used  in decorative fountains or water feature, unless such water is part of a recycling or recirculating system; no leaks; restaurants shall provide water to customers only upon request; washing of vehicles will not be permitted except while using a bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle; no run-off. The first violation will result in a written notice.  The second violation will result in a $25 fine on the water bill. The third violation will result in a $50 fine on the water bill.  A fourth violation and any subsequent violations will result in a $100 fine or more on the water bill.
  • Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District - Prohibited: The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures; the use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use; the application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and the use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculation system.
  • Indian Wells Valley Water District - Aug. 13: Mandatory water restrictions - no washing down sidewalks and driveways; no watering of outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; no washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle; no operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system; no watering between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31. Leaks repaired in timely manner. Four step penalty process. First violation is a warning; second can result in fine up to $50; third can result in fine up to $200 and a warning that service may be terminated in 30 days if issue is not addressed. Fourth can result in a 48-hour termination of service.
  • Irvine Ranch Water District - Asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.  At this time, IRWD will utilize an alternative method to discourage water wasters. IRWD will use the allocation-based conservation rate structure to limit outdoor watering. Rather than specifying which days a customer can water their yard, IRWD will assign each customer a monthly water budget. This approach complies with the new state emergency drought regulations and promotes long term behavior changes by sending a strong price signal that something is wrong, maybe a water leak or broken sprinkler timer. Customers are able to fix these problems and understand how they cause water over-use.
  • Jurupa Community Services District - Prohibited: Watering outdoor landscape that causes runoff or overspray and allows water to flow onto sidewalks, driveways, and adjacent properties; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or a water-saving device that stops the flow of water when not in use; washing down driveways, sidewalks, parking areas or other paved areas except to address immediate safety or sanitation hazards; and operating a fountain or other decorative water features, unless the water is recirculated.
  • Kinneola Irrigation District - Aug. 19: Water three days per week between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. No run-off; no washing of paved surfaces; washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment shall be done only with a hand-held shut-off nozzle; or by a commercial car wash using recycled water; no potable water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative water features unless such water is part of a recirculating system. Fix leaks promptly.
  • Laguna Beach County Water District - Limit watering of landscapes to no more than three days per week and only before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. When watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler timer must be used. Prohibitions include: washing vehicles without using a bucket or hose with a  shutoff nozzle; hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas; operating decorative water features that do not recirculate water; permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired; serving water in restaurants unless specifically requested; not providing hotel guests with the option to not launder linens. Violations are subject to fines. First Violation: Warning, Second Violation: $100, Third Violation: $250, Fourth Violation: $500.
  • Lake Arrowhead Community Services District - Irrigation Season: May 1st through October 15th only. Penalties may be imposed for irrigating during the non-season. Irrigation is only allowed on Monday and Friday. Do not irrigate landscape between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. No run-off; repair leaks  immediately; do not wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc. Use a broom. Wash cars with a bucket and only rinse with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle. No new lawn/turf grass is permitted at this time per Ordinance 69 landscaping restrictions.
  • La Canada Irrigation District Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. except by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle; limited to 15 minutes per station three days per week per schedule; no run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; fix leaks; operating a water fountain or other decorative water feature that does not use re-circulated water is prohibited; washing vehicles is limited to bucket with hand-held shut-off nozzle; drinking Water Served Upon Request Only: Eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to a restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria, bar, or other public place where food or drinks are sold, served, or offered for sale, are prohibited from providing drinking water to any person unless expressly requested.
  • Laguna Beach County Water District - Limit watering of landscapes to no more than three days per week and only before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. When watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler timer must be used. Prohibitions include: washing vehicles without using a bucket or hose with a  shutoff nozzle; hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas; operating decorative water features that do not recirculate water; permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired; serving water in restaurants unless specifically requested; not providing hotel guests with the option to not launder linens. Violations are subject to fines. First Violation: Warning, Second Violation: $100, Third Violation: $250, Fourth Violation: $500. 
  • Lake Don Pedro Community Services District No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved areas; fountains, spas and pools must recirculate; trigger nozzles for washing cars; restaurants serve water upon request only, water three days per week by address.
  • Lake Hemet Municipal Water District - Stage III Water Conservation : No run-off; no washing down of hardpaved surfaces; landscape irrigation three days a week based on address during the hours of 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. The washing of autos, boats, trailers, or buildings only from a hand bucket, or hose equipped with a positive shut off device, and then only for quick rinses. No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels of decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is a part of a recycling system of with the use of reclaim wastewater.
  • Las Virgenes Municpal Water District - Three-days per week limit on irrigation; addresses ending in even numbers may irrigate Monday, Wednesday, Friday; odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; no irrigation is permitted Sundays. Irrigation may not occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. No run-off, broom instead of hose, trigger nozzles. Second violation $50, third violation $100, fourth $250, fifth district may restrict flow or terminate service.
  • Lincoln Avenue Water CompanyMandatory restrictions. Prohibited: Washing down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces, except as required for the benefit of public health and safety; watering any lawn or landscaping to such an extent that water runs off into streets or parking lots due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or excessive watering; Washing vehicles, boats, trailers, or other mobile equipment, except at a commercial carwash or with reclaimed water, unless using a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Cleaning or filling decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar features unless the water flows through a recycling system.
    This new regulation will include a fine of up to $500.00 per day for individuals who violate the prohibitions.
  • Lompico County Water District - On Jan. 21, Lompico passed a Phase III mandatory water rationing ordinance to attain 30 percent cut in usage. No watering of lawns. Customers are strongly encouraged to take additional measures to conserve water, such as limiting use of washing machines and dishwashers, and bathing duration.
  • Los Alamos Community Services District - Aug. 27: Prohibited activities: washing down paved surfaces, except as required for the benefit of public health and safety; run-off; washing vehicles, boats, trailers, or other mobile equipment, except at a commercial carwash or with reclaimed water, unless using a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle; cleaning or filling decorative water features unless the water flows through a recycling system.
  • Los Angeles County Waterworks District - Don’t wash down sidewalks and driveways; use a broom; no runoff; repair leaks; don’t wash motor vehicles with a hose, unless it is fitted with a shut-off nozzle; don’t operate fountains or decorative water features unless the water is recirculated; don’t water more than three days per week in the summer and two days per week in the winter.Water only at night and with shorter bursts.
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power --Mandatory conservation measures in place since 2009, including limitations on outdoor watering (three days a week, assigned to odd / even addresses, prohibitions on runoff into streets and gutters from excessive watering, serving water to restaurant customers unless requested, etc.)
  • Los Osos Community Services District All irrigation shall occur only between dusk and dawn, two days per week, 15 minutes per station; no washing of paved surfaces; the use of non-drinking-water fountains, except for those using recirculated water, shall be prohibited; no run-off. Vehicles may only be washed with an automatic shut-off hose nozzle and do not allow water to run off their property. Residential and Multifamily Household Allocation 174 (gal/day).
  • Madera County - Stage 3.5 allows: Drip Irrigation of trees and bushes 2 days a week during scheduled water use before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m.; replacement of evaporated water from pools, in order to maintain specific levels; water use for animals and livestock.Watering of food sources, such as vegetable gardens, can be done by means of drip irrigation following the Stage 3.5 restrictions. No watering of lawns; no use of sprinklers; no washing of cars; no run‐off.
  • Mammoth Community Services District Mandatory Water restrictions: No run-off; no overfilling of pools and spas; leaks must be fixed; no washing down of hardpaved surfaces; hoses used to clean vehicles must have automatic shut-off nozzle; watering permitted three days a week based on address between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Marin Municipal Water District - Aug. 20 Mandatory prohibitions - irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., as is using a hose without a shutoff nozzle; allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area; hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas; non-recirculating decorative fountains.
  • Marina Coast Water District - Level I conservation restrictions - No watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. except by hand with an automatic shutoff; no washing of hard surfaces, and no watering that results in runoff to gutters or drains.
  • McKinley View Community Services District - Aug. 6: Ordinance 10 Stage 2 Mandatory prohibitions - Unattended automatic watering of any lawn, garden, landscaped area, tree, shrub or other plant except between the hours or 12 a.m. and 4 a.m.; washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other exterior paved areas.
  • Meiners Oaks Water District Stage II Water Storage: Watering no more than twice per week for no more than 5 minutes per station. No run-off. Fix all leaks on your property indoors and out as soon as you spot them.
  • Menlo Park Municipal Water DistrictAug. 26: In addition to the state's prohibition against using potable water to wash cars without a shut-off nozzle, hose down driveways or sidewalks, irrigate landscaping and run in fountains unless recirculated, the city's urgency ordinance bans new or expanded irrigation systems and limits new water service connections and use of private wells and it forbids using potable water from being used to fill new swimming pools or to control dust at construction sites. Residential, commercial and industrial customers must reduce their water consumption by 30 percent district-wide, while customers such as cities, schools, apartment complexes and other big water users that irrigate parks, school yards and golf courses must cut back by 45 percent.
  • Mesa Water District - Mandatory restrictions: watering of lawn, landscape, or other vegetated areas should only be done before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; no run-off; use a broom to clean hard or paved surfaces; use only a bucket, or hose with a water shut-off nozzle to clean vehicles; fix leaks.
  • Mid-Peninsula Water District - The following activities are prohibited: Landscape irrigation that causes runoff; the washing of vehicles except where the hose is fitted with a positive shut-off nozzle; use of running water to clean paved or hard surfaces; operation of a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Mission Springs Water District - Aug. 18: No run-off; wash vehicles with hose with shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; no use of potable water in decorative water feature unless recirculated; no watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Board adopted a schedule of civil penalties consisting of a written warning, followed by a $100 surcharge applied to the water bill for noncompliance, and a second surcharge of $200 and/or installation of a flow restrictor for a third violation. Subsequent violations will result in water service shutoff.
  • Monterey Peninsula Water Management District - Fix leaks; water before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., by address; no run-off; all non-residential water users within the district must have low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators; water served upon request; Swimming pools or spas should not be drained or refilled; wash vehicles with a trigger nozzle; fountains, ponds, lakes or other ornamental water uses must recycle water if the water is from a potable source.
  • Monte Vista Water District - The District's Ordinance 33, adopted in 2010, establishes “best practices” mandatory at all times: automatic irrigation timers set between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; no run-off; turn off during rain; use shut-off nozzles; no washing down of paved surfaces; recirculation technologies. On March 12, 2014, the District’s Board of Directors adopted Resolution 676-14 recognizing the severity of the statewide drought, commending customers for exceeding state mandated 20% reduction by 2020, calling on customers to reduce use by an additional 20%, and authorizing enhanced enforcement of existing mandatory requirements. 
  • Montecito Water District - Cessation of all new water service accounts, or increase in size of existing water meter accounts; scheduled irrigation; no draining and refilling of pools; water upon request in restaurants; hotels offer no fresh linen service. Penalties imposed for violations. Water rationing in effect.
  • Moulton Niguel Water District - reduce their water use by 20% and comply with the District’s 12 Mandatory Water Conservation Rules.  MNWD’s allocation-based conservation rate structure, called Water Budget Based Rate Structure, provides customers with an indoor and outdoor water budget.  MNWD is not specifying the number of days a week customers can water their yard; however, customers are given a monthly water budget based on irrigated acreage and weather.  If a customer exceeds their budget, the price will increase based on usage.  This approach complies with the new State Emergency Drought Regulations and encourages water conservation.
  • Mountain House Community Services District - Approved mandatory water conservation rules on Feb. 12, restricting daytime irrigation and other outdoor water use.
  • Mt. Hannah Water District - May 13: Emergency restrictions were approved and an emergency countywide drought declaratation Stage 3 was extended once more. Mandatory 35% reduction.
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County The following activities are prohibited: Landscape irrigation that causes run-off; th¬e washing of vehicles except where the hose is fitted with a positive shut-off nozzle; use of running water to clean paved or hard surfaces; operation of a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Nevada Irrigation District - Stage III Drought Contingency Plan: Mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering during the day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and asks customers to limit outdoor watering to every other day.
  • Newhall County Water District - Between now and October, residents can water three days a week based on address. November through March, just two days a week. Board member put a limit of $5,000 for violators. (Repeat offenders can be fined $500 a day.)Wash car at carwash or with hose with shut-off nozzle; use a broom, not a hose to clean hard surfaces; no run-off; turn off decorative water features that do not recirculate water.
  • North Coast County Water District - Aug. 20:  Stage 2  Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Mandatory Restrictions - No run-off; wash vehicles with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; do not use water in a fountain or decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system; water upon request only in restaurants; no use of water on new outdoor ornamental landscaping or turf installed on or after September 1, 2014, unless the landscaping consists of low water use drought tolerant plants; irrigate no more than two days per week, except when watering by hand-held bucket, hand-held hose with automatic shut-off valve, low volume irrigation system or water for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system; do not irrigate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • North Marin Water District - No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; no refilling or filling of swimming pools; wash vehicles with bucket and shut-off nozzle only.
  • North Star Community Services District - No run-off; no use of hose except with automatic shut-off nozzle; no washing down paved surface; no use of potable water in decorative water features unless it has recirculating system.
  • North Tahoe Public Utilities DistrictAug. 15: Stage 2 Mandatory Water Restrictions. Prohibitions include: Washing paved surfaces; leaks not repaired; run-off; irrigating between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; non-commercial washing of vehicles except with a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle; filling or refilling swimming pools; use of potable water for dust control. Violators will first be warned, then fines will be issued for subsequent offenses.
  • Olivenhain Municipal Water District - July 23: Level 2 Water Supply Shortage -- no washing down surfaces, unless to alleviate a health or safety hazard; no water waste from inefficient irrigation; do not irrigate between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; use a hand-held hose only when equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket; do not irrigate nursery and commercial grower's products between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; repair all leaks within 72 hours; odd/even watering schedules; watering is limited to 10 minutes per station per day, unless you use a weather based irrigation controller, drip/micro-irrigation system, stream rotor sprinklers, or recycled water for irrigation.
  • Orchard Dale Water District - Watering two (2) days per week based on address between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. No run-off; washing of vehicles shall be done only with a hand-held nozzle with a shut-off valve, or by a commercial  car wash using recycled water. No potable water shall  be  used  to  clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains. ponds. lakes or other similar aesthetic structures unless  such water is part of a recirculating system. Water served upon request only. Leaks fixed promptly. 
  • Orange Vale Water Company - Mandatory 20% reduction. Requesting no outdoor irrigation.
  • Otay Water DistrictLevel 2 Supply Alert: Prohibited - Watering of outdoor landscapes that causes excess runoff into the gutter and storm drain system; washing down driveways and sidewalks (the regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances); using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a motor vehicle; using potable water for a decorative fountain or water feature, unless the water is re-circulated; watering more than 3 days per week and longer than 15 minutes per stations. Irrigation systems using smart controllers, water efficient rotating nozzles or low volume drip components are exempt from the 3 days per week and 15 minutes per station watering schedule prohibition.
  • North Marin Water District - No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; no refilling or filling of swimming pools; wash vehicles with bucket and shut-off nozzle only.
  • North Star Community Services District - No run-off; no use of hose except with automatic shut-off nozzle; no washing down paved surface; no use of potable water in decorative water features unless it has recirculating system.
  • Padre Dam Municipal Water District - Aug. 6: Level 2 Drought Alert: Watering limited to three days per week, no more than 10 minutes per station; no watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; no watering while it is raining; new water-efficient landscaping may be watered at any time for two months; repair all leaks within 72 hours; use recycled water for ornamental fountains and ponds; no washing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; wash vehicles using a hand-held bucket and a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Water in restaurants and fresh linens in hotels upon request.
  • Palmdale Water District - No washing of paved surfaces; washing of vehicles shall be done only with a hand-held nozzle for quick rinses, except that washing may be done with reclaimed wastewater or by a commercial car wash using recycled water; no water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is part of a closed recycling system; water upon request in restaurants; fix leaks promptly; irrigate three days per week based on address between  10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Paradise Valley Water - March 4: Elevated to stage 3 of the drought management plan. Stage 3 of the drought management plan requires mandatory 35% reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Pinedale County Water District - Aug. 8: Watering: Limited to 2 days per week by address two days per week between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. No watering on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Washing your car in the driveway is permitted-but you must use a bucket and a hose that has a shut-off nozzle on the end of it for quick rinsing (using a hose with no shut-off nozzle is a violation). Winter Rules: NO WATERING AT ALL from Dec. 1 to March 1.
  • Placer County Water AgencyAug. 1: the following uses of potable (treated) water are prohibited by PCWA customers: Watering outdoor landscapes more than 2 days per week, unless applied by high efficiency equipment specified in the Agency’s irrigation efficiencies program; watering landscapes in such a manner that causes runoff. Please check your sprinklers and make sure they are watering lawns, trees and shrubs – and not the driveway, sidewalk or other similar areas. Using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a vehicle. Washing hard surfaces, such as driveways and sidewalks. Using water in a decorative water feature, such as fountain, without a recirculating system.
  • Purissima Hills Water District Aug. 13: Mandatory restriction on irrigation to no more than two days per week. Customers in noncompliance may fined up to $500 per day. No run-off; vehicles must be washed with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; no washing of hard paved surfaces; the use of potable water in any decorative water feature is prohibited unless it is recirculated.
  • Rainbow Municipal Water District - Irrigation limited to no more than three assigned days per week. November through May, no more than once per week; no more than 10 minutes per watering station. This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including but not limited to: weather based controllers, drip/micro-irrigation systems and stream rotor sprinklers. Repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification by the district.
  • Ramona Municipal Water District Aug. 12: Drought Response Level 2 - Mandatory water conservation measures: Irrigate residential and commercial landscape a maximum of three days per week, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only. (November - May reduce to a maximum of one watering day per week.), no more than 10 minutes per watering station per day. Stop washing down paved surfaces;no run-off; use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas; repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification; watering of livestock is permitted at any time. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (reclaims) water on-site. Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request. Offer guests in hotels the option of not laundering towels and linens daily. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains. Use recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes when available and feasible.
  • Rancho California Water District - Stage 3 Water warning: Mandatory measures - Irrigate lawns and landscape only between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no run-off; use a broom instead of a hose to clean hardscape surfaces; tune-up your irrigation system by checking for and repairing leaks and damaged sprinklers; refrain from using decorative fountains unless they are equipped with a recycling (recirculating) system; do not allow hoses to run while washing motor vehicles (including autos, trucks, trailers, motor homes, boats or others). Use a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff valve; wash full loads; fix leaks; shorten showers and turn off faucets while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Rancho Murieta Community Services District – Adopted a Stage 2 Water Alert on Jan. 17 requiring mandatory water use restriction for homes and businesses. Landscape irrigation is limited to a maximum of two days per week when necessary.
  • Redwood Valley County Water District - Households will receive 50 gallons per person; agricultural customers will receive 0%.
  • Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District- Aug. 12 Level 2 – Drought Alert. Mandatory restrictions: Limit all landscape irrigation to three days or less per week between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. during the months of June through October and one day or less per week during the months of November through May (property owner can choose which days), 1 This does not apply to commercial growers or nurseries. Limit all landscape irrigation run times to ten minutes per station. This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including but not limited to weather-based irrigation controllers, stream rotors, drip emitters, or other micro-irrigation systems.
  • Rio Alto Water District - Effective Aug. 15: Mandatory restrictions. No run-off; vehicles washed with automatic shut-off nozzle only; no use of potable water to wash paved surfaces or in decorative fountains; irrigation three days a week, based on street, between 12:01 a.m. and 9 a.m. First offense - warning; second offense - $50; third offense - $100; third offense - $500.
  • Rio Linda/Elverta Water District - Mandatory 15% reduction. Odd/even watering three days a week; hoses should have automatic shut-off nozzles; fix leaks; no run-off; no washing down of hard surfaces; wash cars with bucket or at recycling car wash.
  • Riverside Public Utilities - Aug. 1: Mandatory Restrictions - No water waste through run off; no irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; the application of water to streets and sidewalks is prohibited; and washing of autos, trucks, boats, etc. during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only with a hand-held bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • Rowland Water DistrictAug. 9: Mandatory Prohibitions: The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk; run-off; using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle; using potable water in a decorative water feature, unless the water is re-circulated.
    No watering between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Washing down of hard surfaces should only be done when using a bucket, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing shut-off device, a low volume, high-pressure cleaning machine, or a low-volume high-pressure water broom. Water served to patrons only upon request.Watering is limited to two days per week (Monday and Friday). Using water to wash vehicles is prohibited except by use with a bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device. Emptying or refilling swimming pools, spas and ponds for cleaning purposes is prohibited. Water levels may be maintained.
  • Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District - On Feb. 24 adopted 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as possible in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino.
  • Sacramento County Water Agency - Watering three days a week, based on address; no run-off; no washing of paved surfaces or buildings. The following activities are prohibited: washing a motor vehicle with a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle; using potable water to wash driveways and sidewalks; running potable water in a fountain or other decorative feature unless the water is recirculated. 
  • Sacramento Suburban Water District - Effective July 21: Stage 2 - Water Warning. Mandatory Actions: No run-off; washing of vehicles is permitted only with the use of a water saver nozzle equipped with automatic shut-off and bucket;  no washing of paved surfaces; except as necessary for health, sanitary, or fire protection purposes,  When used for these exceptions, high-pressure washers shall be used. Hoses must have automatic shut-off nozzles. Leaks must be repaired within seven days. No irrigation when it is raining Pool draining and refilling, beginning on July 21, 2014 and lasting until Stage 2 - Water Warning is rescinded, will be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations upon submittal of a written report by a health official or pool consultant and approval provided by the District. All pools, spas, decorative or ornamental fountains, ponds and waterways must be equipped with a recirculation pump and must be constructed to be leak-proof.The use of water in new conveyer car washes and new commercial laundry systems that do not use a recirculation system shall be prohibited. Hydrant permits for construction water will be issued only with the approval of the General Manager. Potable water must not be used for construction site street cleaning or dust control. New or expanded landscape shall be limited to drought tolerant trees, shrubs and ground cover. No new turf shall be planted, hydro-seeded or laid without prior approval of the General Manager.No Watering between noon and 8 p.m. Odd/Even outdoor watering two days a week. Restaurants shall only serve water when requested.
  • San Diego Water Authority July 24. Mandatory outdoor watering restrictions to no more than three days per week. During the months of November through May, landscape irrigation is limited to no more than once per week. Watering only during the late evening or early morning hours; eliminating runoff from irrigation systems; repairing all leaks within 72 hours; turning off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water; using hoses with shut-off valves for washing cars (or patronizing commercial car washes that re-circulate water); water to restaurant patrons only upon request. Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
  • San Dieguito Water District - Drought Level 2:Irrigation limited to two days per week, based on address, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., 10 minutes or less per station; no run-off; washing down paved surfaces is prohibited; use of a hand-held hose must include the use of a positive shut-off nozzle; ornamental fountains or similar decorative features may only be operated using recirculated water; vehicles may only be washed using a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut off nozzle, high pressure/low volume wash system or at a commercial site that utilizes recycled water; all leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of notification; restaurants and food service establishments may only serve and refill water upon request; hotels, motels and other commercial lodging establishments must offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily. 
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Company - Aug. 27: No washing down of paved surfaces, buildings, walls, except to eliminate  dangerous conditions  or to eliminate  a public health and/or a safety)  hazard. The washing of any motor vehicle shall be done only with a hand­-held nozzle that shuts off, or may be done at a carwash that uses recycled water. No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain  levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or other similar structures of aesthetic  value unless such water is part of a recirculating water system. Water served only upon request. Leaks fixed promptly. Irrigation between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. No run-off.
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Aug. 12: mandate to reduce potable water use by 10% for outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscape and turf. Prohibitions include: Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; using a hose, without a shut-off nozzle, for any purpose; using drinking water in non- recirculating fountains or decorative water devices; and washing down driveways/sidewalks except for health and safety purposes.
  • San Jose Water Company - Use of water for the filling or refilling of swimming pools is prohibited, topping off is allowed. Leaks must be fixed within five days; no run-off; vehicles may be washed with positive shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces or buildings; irrigation based on address; use of water for decorative fountains or the filling or topping off of decorative lakes or ponds is prohibited. Exceptions are made for those decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds which utilize recycled water. Water served only upon request.
  • San Juan Water District - Mandatory 25% reduction. No run-off; leaks fixed within two days; washing hard surfaces prohibited; restaurant water upon request; new turf or landscaping prohibited.
  • San Lorenzo Water District - May 1:  Drought Emergency declared. Stage 2 mandatory outdoor restrictions: No watering or irrigating between the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; no watering on Monday; watering permitted only 3 days a week, by address; limit irrigation to 15 minutes per station; do not wash down hard or paved surfaces; do not initially fill, or drain and refill residential swimming pools; shut-off nozzles are required on all hoses.
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District -  Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Feb. 25 calling for mandatory measures to reach a water use reduction target equal to 20% of 2013 water use, through Dec. 31, 2014. Retail water agencies, local municipalities and the county of Santa Clara are recommended to implement mandatory measures as needed to achieve the 20% water use reduction target.
  • Santa Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought. Prohibited uses of water include allowing water run-off; not fixing leaks or making arrangements to fix leaks within 24 hours notice; washing of hard or paved surfaces; the washing of vehicles without a shut-off nozzle on hose; the operation of an ornamental fountain without water being recirculated.
  • Santa Fe Irrigation District - Aug. 21: Declared a Level 2 Condition - No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. only; watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system is used; wash vehicles with a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle or at carwash that recirculates water; water upon request in restaurants; fresh linens upon requests in hotels; irrigation by assigned days; repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification; stop operation of ornamental fountains unless recycled or recirculated water is used.
  • Santa Margarita Water District - Aug. 8: Second stage mandatory restrictions - Residential lawn watering is limited to three days a week and new swimming pools cannot be filled. Existing swimming pools can be filled up to a foot for maintenance. Leaks must be repaired within 48 hours of notification. Those with drip or other high-efficiency systems or weather-based irrigation timers, are exempt from the three-day watering restrictions. Water served upon request in restaurants.
  • Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District - No run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; water in decorative fountains must be recycled; vehicles may only be washed with bucket and hand-held automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Serrano Water District - Limits on watering days; must repair leaks.
  • Scott's Valley Water District - No spray irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; no spraying down hardscapes, including  driveways, sidewalks, walkways, etc., unless for safety reasons; no irrigation leaks, run-off or overspray.
  • Shasta County Water Agency - Prohibited: Washing  down  sidewalks, driveways,  parking  areas  or other paved surfaces, except as required for the benefit of public health and safety; watering any lawn or landscaping to such an extent that water runs off into streets or parking lots due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or excessive watering; washing   vehicles,   boats,   trailers,   or   other   mobile equipment, except at a commercial carwash or with reclaimed water, unless using a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle; cleaning or filling decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar features unless the water flows through a recycling system.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency - Prohibited activities: washing  down paved surfaces, except as required for the benefit of public health and safety; run-off; washing   vehicles,   boats,   trailers,   or   other   mobile equipment, except at a commercial carwash or with reclaimed water, unless using a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle; cleaning or filling decorative water features unless the water flows through a recycling system.
  • Soquel Creek Water District - No irrigation run-off; no watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no hosing down of hard or paved surface; always use a positive shut-off hose nozzle - required for all outdoor water use, including cleaning of structures or vehicles. Repair leaks within 72 hours. Water upon request only in food service establishments. Hospitality/ lodging establishments must give customers the option to forego daily laundering of linens and must display notice of this policy.
  • South Coast Water District - 2/28/14: Level 1 Water Supply Alert, mandatory 20% reduction in potable water usage District-wide and compliance with the limitation of potable water used for landscaping to three days a week as well as repair of water leaks in homes and businesses within three business days.  No hosing or washing down vehicles, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, vans, buses, motorcycles, boats or trailer except when using an automatic shut-off nozzle; prohibition of hosing or washing down hard or paved surfaces, such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or alleys; and all decorative water fountains and water features must re-circulate water.
  • South Tahoe Public Utilities District - Stage I Mandatory Restrictions: No run-off; repair leaks; vehicles washed with shut-off valve only; no irrigation of undeveloped property; water three days a week by address; no washing of paved surfaces; water in restaurants by request only.
  • Starview Water System - Stage 3 of drought management plan.Calling for 35% mandatory reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Stinson Beach County Water District - Aug. 16: Prohibitions include the application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk; run-off; washing a vehicle without a shut-off nozzle; using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Violation of these new regulations can result in a $500 fine.The District has chosen Wednesdays and Sundays as the two (2) days per week that watering
    will be allowed. Aug. 18: Water rationing -- a 125-gallon-a-day cap on each home takes effect. While year-rounders with four or more residents per household can get increased allotments -- as much as 185 gallons a day -- vacation rentals, some of which host 10 guests at a time, cannot.
  • Sweetwater Water Authority - Drought Level 2 mandatory water use restrictions: Customers shall repair major water leaks immediately and minor leaks within 24 hours of discovery; customers are restricted from watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff; customers must limit landscape irrigation to the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. the following morning; customers must turn off ornamental fountains and water features unless the water is part of a recirculating system; customers must use an automatic shut-off nozzle when using a hand-held hose for spraying, vehicle washing, or structure washing.
  • Tahoe City Public Utilities District- July 25:  Stage 2 Drought Restrictions - Restrictions on outdoor spray irrigation (drip-only irrigation is not subject to this) — addresses ending in even numbers can water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; addresses ending in odd numbers can water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; restaurants and bars are to serve water only upon request; complete filling of outdoor swimming pools is prohibited without written authorization.
  • Templeton Community Services District – Jan. 1: Implemented mandatory restrictions and a Water Severity Level I. Customers must reduce use by 20%.
  • Three Valleys Municipal Water District - No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (recycles) water on-site. Repair all water leaks within three days of notification.
  • Trabuco Canyon Water District - Mandatory restrictions in effect since Jan. 1, 2009. ƒWatering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no more than 10 minutes per station, per day;no watering while raining; no runoff; no washing down hard or paved surfaces: prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, and then only by use of hand-held bucket or hose equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle. Same for car washing. No refilling of swimming pools and spas. Water fountains must have a re-circulating water system. Drinking water served upon request only.
  • Truckee Donner Community Services District - Restriction on the irrigation with potable water of ornamental landscapes and turf to 2-days per week. Punishable by a fine of up to $500 for each day in which these violations occurs: run-off; the use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use; the application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and the use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Tuolumne County  -- Feb. 4 declared a drought emergency with a mandatory 50% reduction in water usage.
  • Tuolumne Utilities District - Jan. 28 Drought Emergency Declared with Mandatory Restrictions: Excessive water usage is prohibited.
    50% reduction is necessary by all of our customers to get through this water shortage. Any customer that does not reduce their water use compared to the same month last year by 25% could face fines. Limit or stop all outside watering. No lawn watering. Violators face a fine of up to $500 after failing to heed warnings.No washing vehicles, boats, trailers, equipment, or other vehicles. Also no washing of sidewalks, walkways or driveways by hose or faucet connected to the public water supply.
  • Twain Harte Community Services District - All Phase III conservation measures be implemented immediately with a mandatory reduction of 50% until such time that the board of directors find that emergency conditions no longer exist.
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District - Oct. 22: Declared Water Shortage Emergency. Prohibited activities: Washing down paved surfaces, except as required for the benefit of public health and safety; run-off; washing vehicles except at a commercial carwash or with reclaimed water, unless using a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle; cleaning or filling decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar features unless the water flows through a recycling system.
  • Valencia Water Company - The following actions are now prohibited: Allowing run-off; washing driveways and/or sidewalks; washing a vehicle using a hose without a shut-off nozzle; using potable water in non-recirculating fountains and decorative features. Through Oct. 31, watering allowed three days per week by address; from Nov. 1 to March 31, two days per week by address.
  • Vallecitos Water District - Aug. 7: Level; 2 Drought Alert. No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate no more than three days a week and no more than once a week from November through May; only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., 10 minutes per station. Trigger nozzles and buckets to wash cars; use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains; serve water in restaurants only upon request; offer guests of commercial lodging the option of not laundering towels and linens daily; repair all water leaks within five days of notification by Vallecitos Water District.
  • Valley Center Municipal Water District - No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (recycles) water on-site. Repair all water leaks within three days of notification.
  • Valley County Water District July 28, 2014 declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Emergency all residential and commercial customers follow the outlined mandatory water conservation measures: no washing down of paved surfaces; use a handheld garden hose nozzle that has an automatic shut-off valve to wash any motor vehicle(s) at home, or taking the motor vehicle(s) to the carwash. No cleaning, filling, or maintaining of water levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar structures of aesthetic value unless such water is part of a recycled water system. Repairing leaks within 72 hours. No watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and during periods of rain. No run-off; water upon request only in restaurants. Clean linens upon request in hotels.
  • Valley of the Moon Water District - August 5: Stage 2 water shortage and 20% mandatory conservation target. Prohibitions include: run-off; leaks not repaired; use of a garden or utility hose without a hose-end shut-off nozzle; service of water in restaurants except upon request; sing potable water for street washing; washing sidewalks, patios, driveways and other hardscapes unless for public health and safety; recycled water must be used for construction dust control. Irrigation is limited to the hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Vandenberg Village Community Services District - Aug. 1: Prohibitions include watering their lawn more than two days a week, no more than 10 minutes per zone; run-off; washing a car with a garden hose unless it is equipped with a shutoff nozzle; hosing down driveways and sidewalks with potable water; using potable water in non-circulating fountains and decorative water features. Turn off your non-circulating fountains and decorative water features.
  • Vista Irrigation District - Aug. 6: Level 2 Water Conservation. Mandatory water restrictions: no washing down of paved surfaces except for health and safety purposes; no run-off; do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; assigned watering days, 10 minutes per station. Wash vehicles using a bucket and handheld hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • Walnut Valley Water District Aug. 28: Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation Measures. Watering with potable water is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and limited to no more than 15 minutes per station; no run-off; no washing down hard or paved surfaces; leaks must be fixed within five days of notification; washing vehicles is prohibited, except by use of a handheld hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. This subsection does not apply to any commercial car washing facility. Operating a water fountain or other decorative water feature that does not use recirculated water is prohibited. Drinking water served upon request only; lodging establishments are encouraged to provide customers the option of not having towels and linen laundered daily.
  • West Kern Water District - July 29: Response Level 2. Mandatory restrictions include no hosing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., wash vehicles with bucket and automatic shut-off nozzle or at recycled car washes only; water served in restaurants upon request only; hotel linens laundered only upon request; pools, decorative fountains must recirculate water; leaks fixed within 24 hours. Penalties will apply upon repeat infractions.
  • West Valley Water District - Stage II Water Alert Mandatory Watering Restrictions: Irrigating may only occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.; prevent water waste from runoff, breaks and leaks; washing down of hardscapes is not permitted; shut off nozzles are required when washing a vehicle; if you have a fountain or water feature the water must be recirculated.
  • Westborough Water District - Aug. 14: Mandatory Restrictions. After being given notice, customer must fix leaks with seven days; no run-off; no washing vehicles without use of automatic shut-off nozzle; water upon request only in restaurants; no use of water for city street sweepers/washers, except when approved by the district; no use of water in non-recirculating water fountains and decorative water features. The following is prohibited: The washing down of hard surfaces or buildings; the use of water for recreation toys and equipment. Irrigation is limited to 15 minutes watering two days a week maximum. Watering or irrigating of lawn or landscape is also prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • Western Municipal Water District - Stage I Mandatory restrictions: Landscape watering is prohibited on all days of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; no run-off; hoses need to have automatic, shut-off nozzles; all leaks, improperly adjusted sprinklers or other water conduits/fixtures that need repair must be corrected within 72-hours of district notification.No washing down sidewalks, driveways, patios or other paved or hard surface areas. Two notices of violation, then a $100 penalty per day would apply.
  • Yorba Linda Water District - No irrigation between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no more than 15 minutes per station; no irrigation when it is raining; no runoff; no washing down of hard or paved surfaces.
  • Yucaipa Valley Water DistrictAug. 6: Stage III Mandatory Restrictions prohibit watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; using a hose, without a shut-off nozzle, for any purpose; using drinking water in non- recirculating fountains or decorative water devices; and washing down driveways/sidewalks except for health and safety purposes.
  • Zone 7 Water Agency - Prohibited practices include draining and refilling of swimming pools;use of non-recycling water fountains; using hoses without shut-off nozzles; hosing off paved surfaces. Irrigation allowed two days per week June - September during non-daylight hours; one day per week October - November; December through March, do not water.

Voluntary Measures Enacted

  • Aromas Water District - Voluntary 20%: low flow, shorter showers; low flow toilets; fix leaks; full loads; reduce outdoor watering; replace lawn with drought tolerant plants, irrigate in the early morning or
    cool evening, avoid watering when it is windy, use shut off nozzles on hoses.
  • Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency - Requests its water customers, including its 26 wholesale water customers, to voluntarily reduce water consumption by at least 10%.
  • Bodega Bay Public Utiltities District - Voluntary conservation - Indoors: Only run full loads;don’t let the water run while you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth; use water saving shower heads and take shorter showers; fix leaky faucets and toilets. Outdoors: Use drip irrigation for your flowers, trees and garden; no run-off; maintain sprinkler system and fix leaks; use a broom instead to clean paved surfaces; use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
  • Camrosa Water District - Asking for customers to voluntarily reduce their usage by 20 percent.
  • Calleguas Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20%.
  • Camrosa Water District -Asking for customers to voluntarily reduce their usage by 20 percent.
  • City of Watsonville - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Yountville - Voluntary conservation.
  • Cosumnes Community Services District - Feb. 4: Resolution asking for regional effort to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.
  • Del Oro Water Company - All Del Oro Water Company customers are asked to voluntarily conserve 20% of their monthly usage.
  • Finley Water System County Service Area - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Foothill Municipal Water District - Increased Water Conservation Alert Status: voluntary 20% requested. Water early morning, late in evening; check sprinkler systems frequently; no run-off, overspray; use mulch; broom to clean, not hose; wash vehicles with shut-off nozzle and bucket.
  • Kono Tayee Water System - Stage I of drought management plan. Asking for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Kelseyville County Waterworks District - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Kirkwood Meadows Public Utilities District - Stage I Conservation Alert. No runoff; continuous discharge from hose nozzle is prohibited; irrigation of non‑landscaped, natural vegetation or undeveloped property is expressly prohibited.
  • Mariposa Public Utilities District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Moutain Gate Community Services District - Stage I of the Voluntary Drought Contingency Plan. Asking for 25% reduction:every other day watering, evening and early morning;postpone new landscaping; discourage filling of pools, fountains; topping off is allowable.
  • North Lakeport Water System - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Paradise Irrigation District - The district is encouraging residents to conserve water now by eliminating wasteful water practices and cutting back on general water use.
  • San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20%. Asking for 10% voluntary reduction.
  • Santa Barbara County  - Jan. 21. Asking for immediate 20% reduction in water use.
  • Soda Bay Water County Service Area - Stage 1 of Drought Management Plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • South San Joaquin Irrigation District -  Voluntary 20% reductions.
  • Spring Valley Water County Service Area - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Zone 7 Water Agency – Asking everyone to conserve 25%. Prohibited practices include draining and refilling of swimming pools;use of non-recycling water fountains; using hoses without shut-off nozzles; hosing off paved surfaces. Irrigation allowed two days per week June - September during non-daylight hours.

Drought Emergency / Water Shortage Declared or Proclaimed by Cities and Counties

  • City of American Canyon - Drought Emergency Stage 2 (Mandatory Compliance - Water Alert) on Aug.29. Prohibitions include: No washing down driveways, sidewalks, patios and other paved areas with a hose.No water of lawns, landscaping or vegetation that causes runoff; no watering of lawns and landscaping between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.; no washing motor vehicles between noon and 6 p.m. At all times, the hose must be fitted with a shut-off nozzle. No using potable water in a water feature unless the water is recirculated. No refilling or initial filling of water to a swimming pool.
  • City of Calistoga - Stage II Water Emergency Resolution. Beginning March 1, 2014, the city will be enforcing Stage II mandatory water conservation efforts to achieve the desired goal of a 20% reduction in water use as compared to the previous year’s water use, and impose economic penalties.
  • City of CoronaPhase II Water Emergency. Single family homes 65 gallons per person per day, 2,500 gallons per month for irrigation.
  • City of Grover Beach - June 16: the City Council declared a Stage III Water Shortage for the City of Grover Beach, a severe-mandatory measure that requires all water customers to reduce their water usage by 10%. Additionally, a number of prohibitions that had previously been "voluntary" during the two years of the Stage II Water Shortage Declaration are now "mandatory". The Stage III Declaration will also provide the City the authority to impose penalties for failure to comply with water reduction or use prohibitions.
  • City of Long Beach - Feb. 27: Declared a water supply shortage. Prohibited use of water: Irrigating landscape with potable water any day other than Monday, Thursday, or Saturday; serving drinking water if not requested; irrigating landscape with potable water for more than 10 minutes per authorized day if using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute, or for more than 20 minutes per authorized day if using stream rotator-type or gear driven sprinkler heads rated at emitting less than one gallon per minute.
  • City of Mountain View - Sept. 16: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Must fix leaks within five days; no run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; no at-home vehicle washing, except by bucket; irrigate between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., three days per week, 15 min. per station; do not use potable water to fill decorative water features, except to sustain aquatic life (water must be recirculated). Must offer reuse option for linens to hotel guests; water served upon request only.
  • City of Pasadena - July 28: declared a local water emergency, establishing a 20% conservation goaland implementing the city’s Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan,with mandatory water waste  restrictions effective immediately.Watering limited to three days per week in summer, one  day per week in winter and requires that leaks be repaired within 72 hours, in  addition to permanent water waste prohibition. Fines forrepeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for  residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts.
  • City of Pleasanton - May 6: Ordering residents and business owners to mandatorily cut water usage by 25 percent. Requiring all of Pleasanton's municipal facilities as well as its parks, golf course and residential customers not to exceed 75 percent of the water they used last year. The limits are effective immediately.
  • City of Poway July 21- Level 2 Water shortage. Mandatory conservation measures that took effect on Aug. 1: Watering based on address, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Landscape irrigation using sprinklers is limited to no more than ten minutes maximum per watering station per assigned day. This requirement does not apply to drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems. Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system may occur no more than three assigned days per week by using a hand-held container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume soaker hose.
  • City of San Jose - Aug. 26: Declared a citywide water shortage. It is illegal to use potable water to irrigate lawns between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through April 2015. Also prohibited: washing vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle and filling non-recirculating fountains with potable water.
  • City of Santa Barbara  - May 20: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Voluntary reductions: Hose instead of brush,  was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council. The city is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20% with extraordinary water conservation measures. Water customers currently watering their landscape are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.
  • City of Santa Cruz -  On Feb. 25 formally declared a water shortage emergency. May 1: Residents in single-family homes will be allotted 249 gallons per day at regular rates. Households with more than four residents can request an additional allotment and households with fewer than four are asked to keep water use to 60 gallons per person per day. Customers who use more than their allotment will pay $25 for the first 10% over and $50 for every 10% over after that.
  • City of Santa Monica - Aug. 15: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Beginning in October - Mandatory restrictions would require a 20% reduction in water use. Each water customer would be given a customized water budget allocating a certain amount of water to use each billing period. Water budgets are based on 2013 usage, so it’s important to start implementing conservation measures now. Fines would be charged for exceeding your water budget. 
  • City of Ventura - Sept. 23: Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency -- Limit outdoor watering  to two days a week and not water between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  No run-off; fix leaks within 48 hours; wash cars with shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; water served only upon request at restaurants.
  • City of Windsor - Aug. 6: Stage 2 Shortage Emergency, including: No watering of new or replacement turf grass; no run-off; no hosing sidewalks and driveways; no washing of cars and boats except using a bucket and hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle for a quick rinse; no initial filling, or draining and refilling of pools during the shortage period; water served upon request only; water three days per week between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Glenn County  -- Designated as a disaster area and declared a drought emergency on Feb. 4.
  • Inyo County - Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2014-09 proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency.
  • Kern County - Jan. 14: Declared a state of emergency, caused by a severe water shortage.
  • Kings County -- Has been renewing drought emergency every month since March 2012.
  • Lake County - March 4: Declared a state of emergency, due to the extreme drought conditions.
  • Madera County  -- On Jan. 28 adopted an emergency resolution declaring a local drought.
  • Mendocino County  – Jan. 7 and extended on Jan. 21.
  • Merced County - The Merced County Board of Supervisors declared a local drought emergency on Feb. 25, citing the drought's impacts on the county's local economy. 
  • San Joaquin County - Jan. 28. Local drought emergency proclaimed.
  • San Luis Obispo County - The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially declared a local drought emergency on March 11.
  • Santa Barbara County - Jan. 21. Asking for immediate 20% reduction in water use.
  • Santa Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought. Prohibited uses of water include allowing water run-off; not fixing leaks or making arrangements to fix leaks within 24 hours notice; washing of hard or paved surfaces; the washing of vehicles without a shut-off nozzle on hose; the operation of an ornamental fountain without water being recirculated.
  • Siskiyou County - On Feb. 11, Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation declaring a Drought Emergency.
  • Sutter County  -- Declared a drought emergency.
  • Tulare County -- Feb. 4 unanimously proclaimed a local emergency due to the statewide drought and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.
  • Tuolumne County  -- Feb. 4 declared a drought emergency with a mandatory 50% reduction in water usage.
  • Yuba County  -- Proclaimed a local water emergency on Feb. 25.

Agricultural Impacts

  • Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District - On Feb. 17 the District received notification of its initial allocation for water for 2014: 40% of their contract supply.
  • Browns Valley Irrigation District - Mandatory. Not making deliveries at this time; only have 30% of needed supply.
  • Kern County Water Agency - 13 water districts will receive 0% allocations; groundwater is all that's available.
  • Modesto Irrigation District – Planning reduced deliveries to growers in 2014, voluntary fallowing.
  • Nevada Irrigation District - Placed a freeze on new agricultural contracts or increases in those currently in place.
  • Richvale Irrigation District - Mandatory 50% cut to acreage irrigated by district.
  • Shafter - Wasco Irrigation District -An ag irrigation district with no water to deliver from the CVP this year. Growers are relying solely on groundwater.
  • Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority - Mandatory. 17 water districts will receive 0% allocations; groundwater is all that is available.
  • Turlock Irrigation District - Drought rates / surcharge to discourage high water use. On Feb. 25 the Turlock Irrigation District board voted to set a 20-inch allotment for growers during the 2014 irrigation season, about half of what they usually get. The 2014 irrigation season is slated to begin on April 3, a week later than initially planned.

Other Actions

  • Desert Water Agency is investigating additional conservation programs and measures in light of the dry conditions.
  • East Valley Water District - Encouraging residents to be a part of the Conservation Transformation to use water as efficiently as possible.
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Feb. 11 declared a Water Supply Alert throughout Southern California in response to statewide drought.The MWD board also formally endorsed Gov. Brown’s statewide call for conservation in response to the ongoing drought. Along with urging cities, counties, local public water agencies and retailers to achieve extraordinary conservation, the board doubled Metropolitan’s annual conservation and outreach budget from $20 million to $40 million. The increase will provide additional rebate incentives for Southern Californians to purchase water-saving devices throughout the district’s six-county service area and help reach the Brown Administration’s goal of a statewide per-capita water use reduction of 20%.The board also pledged to explore ways Metropolitan can help other parts of the state address water supply challenges.
  • Mono County- Declared a natural disaster area by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency won approval from the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce flows from Lake Mendocino into the Russian River in order to conserve the surface water supply.
  • Southern California Water Committee announced on Jan. 29 that its Board of Trustees unanimously approved supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration and is encouraging Southern Californians to support the call for additional voluntary water conservation, as the state experiences record dry conditions.
  • University of California President Janet Napolitano on Jan. 16 announced a system-wide goal of reducing per-capita water use by 20% by 2020.
  • Water agencies in Southern California are keeping a close eye on conditions, though surface storage and groundwater reserves established over the past few years are expected to help the southland cope this year.
  • Woodbridge Irrigation District - March 13: The Woodbridge Irrigation District has begun rationing the water it allocates to the City of Lodi. Lodi currently pays $1.2 million a year for 6,000 acre-feet of water from WID, and that may be cut to 3,000 acre-feet this summer.
 
 
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