Regulations and Rationale

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California Regulations

The California Water Board publishes regulations on the Water Conservation Portal. Two emergency water regulations have been authorized in 2022. Based on the two current regulations, the following restrictions apply:

  • Commercial, industrial, and institutional decorative grass should not be watered

  • Give all trees just what they need: avoid overwatering

  • Follow Level 2 demand requirements from San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA)

  • Turn off decorative water fountains

  • Turn off/pause your irrigation system when it's raining and for two days after rain

  • Use an automatic shutoff nozzle on your water hose

  • Use a broom, not water, to clean sidewalks and driveways

Looking for more information? See Frequently Asked Questions.

San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA)

SDCWA publishes Water News Network, both updated with current drought measures.


Failure to adhere to these regulations is an infraction punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars for each day in which the violation occurs, pursuant to Water Code section 1058.5(d).