Water Conservation Emergency Regulations

Although local water supply conditions have improved in 2023, statewide drought emergency regulations are still effect as detailed below:

Water Conservation Regulation Prohibiting Irrigation of Non-Functional Turf:

Irrigation of non-functional turf with potable water remains prohibited for commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) landscapes in California pursuant to State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) regulations.

The State Water Board has defined non-functional turf as, “Turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.” The State Water Board’s regulation stipulates that some turf areas are exempt from the turf irrigation ban.

Please note, this does not prohibit watering trees. Trees within non-functional turf areas could be negatively impacted by the ban on turf irrigation, so the regulation allows continued irrigation of trees even if some turf under trees will receive water.

The regulation remains in effect until June 2024, unless the State Water Board takes action to rescind or extend the regulation.

Water Conservation Regulation Prohibiting Water Waste remains in effect:

On January 18, 2022 the State Water Board adopted an emergency drought regulation due to the severe drought conditions throughout California.

The Emergency Regulation prohibitions include:

The emergency regulations will remain in effect until December 2023 unless the State Water Board acts to end, modify or readopt it. Locally, water waste prohibitions are in affect year round. Please check with your local water provider for more information.

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