Statewide Water Regulation

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A couple weeks ago we posted about the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approving a statewide emergency conservation regulation to reduce outdoor water use.  On Tuesday, July 28, 2014, that emergency regulation went into effect.  With this regulation, violators can face fines of up to $500 for each day any of the following occur(s): 

Prohibited Activities:

  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excessive runoff to adjacent property and/or non-permeable surfaces.
  2. Washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  3. Using potable (or drinking) water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.
  4. Using potable water in a decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Next Steps:

The City is reviewing the new regulations to understand any additional prohibitions we may need to enforce, and we will send a flyer out to every water customer once we have determined all the actions that need to be taken.  We ask everyone to comply with these restrictions during this time of drought.

Need more information?

To speak to someone in the City Water Department, or to report observed violations of the prohibitions, please call (415) 508-2130.

Fact Sheet on Approved Regulations