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

Watering Schedule

During Stage 1, outdoor irrigation is restricted to three watering days per week (from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.) and limited to 10 minutes per station per watering day.

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