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Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

San Diegans Waste No Water, All Ways. Always.

These restrictions are currently in place. San Diego residents are encouraged to report water waste by calling the Water Waste Hotline at (619) 533-5271.

  • Customers shall repair or stop all water leaks upon discovery or within 72 hours of notification by the City of San Diego.
  • The time of day when watering is allowed is before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from June to October, and before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November to May. This does not apply to irrigation as required by a landscape permit; for erosion control; for establishment, repair or renovation of public use fields; for landscape establishment following a disaster; for renovation or repair of an irrigation system; and for nursery and commercial growers using hand held containers, positive shut off nozzles, or drip/micro-spray systems. The City will review variance applications from customers who feel they cannot abide by this watering schedule.
  • City of San Diego water customers must prohibit excessive irrigation and must immediately correct leaks in their private water systems. The City's regulations state that customers "shall not allow water to leave their property due to drainage onto adjacent properties or public or private roadways or streets or gutters due to excessive irrigation and/or uncorrected leaks."
  • Customers cannot use a running hose to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas, except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards, unless that hose is connected to a water efficient device such as a commercial water broom.
  • Overfilling of swimming pools and spas is strictly prohibited.
  • All decorative water fountains must use a recirculating pump.
  • Vehicles may only be washed at a commercial car wash or by using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or with a hand-held water container.
  • The City will not provide new water service connections for customers using single pass-through cooling systems.
  • All new conveyer car wash and commercial laundry systems connections will be required to employ a recirculating water system.
  • Restaurants and other food establishments shall only serve and refill water for patrons upon request.
  • Guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments will be provided the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.

These restrictions apply to those whose property lies within the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department’s service area. If you receive your water bill from a different agency, please check with that agency regarding any applicable water use restrictions.

Voluntary Drought Alert Restrictions effective July 1, 2014

In addition to the mandatory restrictions above, the City of San Diego strongly recommends residents take these additional steps to further reduce our water use consumption:

  • Limit watering of landscapes to no more than 3 days per week.
  • When watering without an irrigation system, use either a hand-held hose with a shutoff valve or a garden hose sprinkler system on a timer.
  • Washing of vehicles is limited to the same seasonal schedule as irrigation, as explained in permanent restrictions (except for: boats, which may be washed after use; vehicles with health/safety issues; or when washing at a commercial carwash that recycles water).
  • Do not water/irrigate during rain events.
  • Use recycled water for construction purposes, when available.
  • Construction operations may only use water for normal construction activities, consistent with Section 67.3803 and that required by regulatory agencies.
  • Limit the use of fire hydrants to fire fighting, construction, health and safety.