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Drought Alert: Mandatory Water Use Restrictions Effective November 1, 2014

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In response to continuing drought conditions statewide, the City has enacted its Drought Alert stage of mandatory water use restrictions, the second phase of citywide conservation.

Water Only 3 Assigned Days A Week

Water no more than 3 days per week on the following assigned days, which are determined by your address or type of dwelling:

  • Residences with odd-numbered addresses (301 Drought Drive): Water ONLY on Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.
  • Residences with even-numbered addresses (500 Conservation Circle): Water ONLY on Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays.
  • Apartments, condominiums and businesses: Water ONLY on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Water at the Right Times

  • November 1 to May 31, water between 4 pm-10 am for ONLY 7 MINUTES when using a standard sprinkler system.
  • June 1 to October 31, water between 6 pm-10 am for ONLY 10 MINUTES when using a standard sprinkler system.

Additional Drought Alert Restrictions

  • Stop operation of ornamental fountains, except to the extent needed for maintenance purposes.
  • Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or timed sprinkler system to water landscaped areas.
  • The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, airplanes and other types of transportation equipment is only allowed during the following times:

    1. Between 4 pm-10 am from November 1 to May 31.
    2. Between 6 pm-10 am from June 1 to October 31.
  • Washing is permitted at any time at a commercial car wash.
  • Irrigation is permitted any day at any time as follows:

    1. As required by a landscape permit.
    2. For erosion control.
    3. For establishment, repair or renovation of public use fields for schools and parks.
    4. For landscape establishment following a disaster.
    5. Use recycled or non-potable water for constructions purposes when available.
    6. Use of water from fire hydrants will be limited to firefighting, meter installation by the Water Department or other activities necessary to maintain the health, safety and welfare of San Diegans.
    7. Construction operations receiving water from a fire hydrant or water truck will not use water beyond normal activities.

These restrictions are in adddition to permanent mandatory water use restrictions, in effect at all times. See the list below for that important information.

Permanent Mandatory Restrictions

Permanent mandatory restrictions have been in place since 2011, and apply year-around, whether the City is in a drought or not. These restrictions are designed to promote water conservation as a permanent way of life in San Diego.

  • 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.