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2016 Drought Restrictions


Thank you Redwood City Water Customers! You led the effort in water savings, reaching an astounding 23% reduction in consumption in 2015 compared to 2013.

California Making Water Conservation a Way of Life

The Governor's Executive Order builds on a combination of locally developed water conservation and state wide water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures. While drought conditions are not over, water conditions have improved enough that we can relax some restrictions. To stay in compliance with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) directives, Redwood City water customers are held to the following water waste prohibitions that ban wasteful practices.

For more information visit the State Water Resource Control Board's Emergency Regulations Page


Permanent Prohibitions

  • No watering during rain and 48 hours after it rains.
  • No runoff of water from landscapes to non-irrigated areas
  • No application of potable water to driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscapes
  • No washing vehicles without the use of an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • No potable water in fountains or decorative water features except where the water is recirculated.
  • There are no restrictions on the use of recycled water.

Best Practices for Water Conservation During the Drought

  • Consider draining your fountain during the drought.
  • Prevent runoff by checking for leaks, misdirected, or blocked spray in your sprinkler system.
  • Use the "cycle and soak" watering method, giving time for the water to be absorbed into the soil and avoid run-off.
    (For example if you need 8 minutes of watering, then use 2 start times one hour apart with a 4 minute run time each)
  • Use a car wash that reuses water.
  • Use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.

Do you know how to care for trees during the drought? Find Out 

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 Water Conservation, Drought, Save Our Water





 Water Conservation, Drought, Save Our Water





Water Conservation, Drought, Save Our Water
Water Conservation, Drought, Save Our Water


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