Rules of Water Waste

Water Settled in the StreetThe following restrictions will help protect the District's water supply from groundwater overdraft, seawater intrusion, and drought:

  • No general water waste: Indiscriminate running of water or washing in a manner that is wasteful and without reasonable purpose is prohibited.
  • No irrigation run-off: Adjust irrigation systems to prevent overspray and run-off.
  • No sprinkler use between 10 am and 8 pm: Only watering mornings or evenings reduces water loss from evaporation and wind.
  • No hosing down of hard or paved surface except when necessary for health and safety. A positive shut-off nozzle is required.
  • Always use a positive shut-off hose nozzle for outdoor water use (free hose nozzles are available to District customers).
  • Always repair irrigation system and plumbing leaks within 72 hours.
  • Food service establishments may only serve drinking water upon customer request and must display notice of this policy. (Call to request free signs).
  • Hospitality/ lodging establishments must give customers the option to forego daily laundering of linens and must display notice of this policy. (Call to request free signs).
  • No watering during rainfall or for 48 hours following measurable rainfall.

Temporary Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency Rules

  • No exterior washing of structures (unless necessary for sanitation and health or to prepare for paint or stain and a pressure washer is used).
  • Car washing at home must be efficient. Use waterless spray, bucket, and hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or pressure washer. If possible, water should not run off of the property. Efficient car washes within our District:
    • Bay Avenue Self Serve Car Wash
      821 Bay Avenue
      Capitola, CA 95010
    • AJ's Fuel and Car Wash
      5955 Soquel Drive
      Soquel, CA 95073
  • Commercial customers must display "Save Water" signage (free signs are available)

Temporary Statewide Emergency Drought Restrictions (As of June 2022)

  • Non-functional turf (grass) irrigation ban: Commercial, institutional, and homeowners’ associations are required to stop all irrigation of non-functional turf (i.e., turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events). Some exceptions may apply.