Permanent California Water Laws
DSRSD customers are responsible for complying with local and state regulations that prohibit wasteful and unreasonable uses of water. If you have questions about water efficiency regulations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irrigation with potable or recycled water must not cause runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
Do not irrigate with potable water while it’s raining or for 48 hours after measurable rainfall (at least one-tenth of an inch).
If you use a hose for residential vehicle washing, the hose must have a quick-action shut-off nozzle.
Do not use potable water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.
Do not use potable water in ornamental fountains or other decorative water features unless the water is recirculated.
Do not irrigate turf with potable water in public roadway medians or in publicly owned or maintained areas between the street and sidewalk unless the turf serves a community or neighborhood purpose.
Eating and Drinking Establishments
Serve water only upon request.
Hotels and Motels
Allow guests to choose to not have towels and linens laundered daily. Prominently display a clearly written notice about this option in each guest room.
Do not take or threaten to take any action to enforce a provision of governing documents or architectural or landscaping guidelines or policies of a common interest development where that provision is void or unenforceable under section 4735, subdivisions (a) and (b) of the Civil Code.
Do not impose or threaten to impose a fine, assessment, or other monetary penalty against any owner of a separate interest for reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns during a declared drought emergency as described in section 4735, subdivision (c) of the Civil Code.
Do not require an owner of a separate interest upon which water-efficient landscaping measures have been installed in response to a declared drought emergency to reverse or remove those measures after the emergency ends.
Builders and Commercial Landscapers
Use recycled water for grading and compaction, wetting pads, dust control, and sewer flushing. Recycled water is available from hydrants and at the water recycling plant in Pleasanton. More information
Resources for Wise Water Use
- AquaHawk Customer Portal where customers can track water use and set up alerts
- Rebates on water-efficient landscaping, irrigation controllers, and clothes washers
- Gardening and irrigation tips
- Water conservation strategies for businesses
- Water conservation strategies for restaurants
This summary is not exhaustive nor is it meant to replace the text of applicable laws and regulations. Please refer to the original documents for clarification.Visit the State Water Resources Control Board website to locate these documents.
Updated November 28, 2017