Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

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In response to California's historic drought and mandatory conservation targets from the state, Desert Water Agency has water use restrictions in place.

Those observed violating these restrictions will be subject to fines. 

The following restrictions are in effect:

> All outdoor irrigation is allowed ONLY Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

> Causing runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures shall be prohibited. 

> Washing of hard surfaced exteriors, such as driveways, parking lots, building exteriors and walkways, shall be prohibited unless for public health. Use of a recycled water, pressure washers, water brooms and buckets filled with potable water are allowed.

> The use of running water to wash vehicles shall be prohibited. The use of buckets and stop nozzles on hoses, for rinsing only, shall be permitted.

> The use of non-recirculating fountains or other decorative water features is prohibited.

> The application of water to outdoor landscapes during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited. 

> Agency customers are encouraged not to empty and refill swimming pools from June 1 through October 31 unless necessary to address a health or safety emergency.  

> The use of potable water to irrigate turf within street medians, and turf within the dedicated right of way on either side of a public street, shall be prohibited. 

> A commercial, industrial or institutional customer may implement an alternative water use reduction plan that achieves reductions in water use equivalent to those expected from the restrictions prescribed herein, if approved in advance by the General Manager.

> Restaurants may provide water to customers only upon request. 

> Hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. Each hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom, using clear and easily understood language.

> The use of potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or micro-spray systems shall be prohibited.

Ordinance 63 (water use restrictions)

Water waste reporting tool

Info sheet

Spanish info sheet

Residential Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Frequently Asked Questions

For questions or comments about the mandatory water restrictions, please email Ashley Hudgens or Vicki Petek.

The State Water Resources Control Board and Governor Brown have announced new emergency drought restrictions.  DWA will discuss and take action upon these at public board meetings in April 2015.  For more information on the State actions, please see the links below:

State Water Board’s Emergency Regulation for Urban Water Conservation

Governor Brown's Executive Order that directs the State Water Board to impose restrictions to achieve an aggregate statewide 25% reduction in urban water use through February 28, 2016