California Water Conservation Emergency Regulations
Level 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Guidelines for water use taking effect on June 10, 2022:
- Outdoor landscape irrigation is limited to two days per week between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
- All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in a customer’s plumbing fixtures and/or irrigation system must be repaired within five business days of written notification.
- Vehicles may only be washed with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device.
- Water may not be used on driveways or sidewalks, unless for health and safety purposes.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes may occur during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Restaurants may only serve water upon request, and hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
- The use of water to irrigate turf on commercial, industrial, or institutional properties that is not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events is prohibited.
This regulation shall remain in effect for one year after filing with the Secretary of State unless the State Water Board determines that it is no longer necessary due to changed conditions or unless the State Water Board renews the regulation due to continued drought conditions, as described in Water Code section 1058.5.
Please read more about these regulations here.
BAWSCA water conservation information and rebates, click here.
The City of East Palo Alto has additional water conservation information located here which further discusses:
- Penalties for water waste
- Tips for water conservation and links for conservation resources
- Information on water conservation goals
SaveWater.CA.Gov is an online tool designed to help save water in communities. This website lets anyone easily report water waste from their phone, tablet, or computer by simply selecting the type of water waste they see, typing in the address where the waste is occurring, and clicking send. These reports are filed directly with the State Water Board and relevant local water supplier.
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To view current drought conditions in California click here.