Mandatory Water-use Prohibitions

The State of California is committed to making conservation a way of life. Executive Order B-40-17 extends the following restrictions on practices that waste potable water.

  • Watering outside within 48 hours of measurable rainfall
  • Using potable water to wash down sidewalks and driveways, instead of a broom or brush
  • Overwatering a landscape to where water runs of into the gutter or sidewalk
  • Using hoses without shutoff nozzles when washing vehicles
  • Using potable water in fountains or decorative water features that do not recirculate water
  • Using potable water to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians
California Drought Monitor

The National Drought Mitigation Center publishes drought monitor maps each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 


View California’s Drought Monitor Map