Water Conservation: San Diego
With California facing unprecedented drought conditions, residents are being called upon to reduce water usage by as much as 36% to conserve what little water the state has left. Some of the regulations for the San Diego area include…
Residents may water their lawns no more than three days a week. Their pre-approved days are assigned based on their street address. For standard sprinkler systems, watering may only be done at certain times of the day, and only for a prescribed amount of time.
- – Except for maintenance purposes, ornamental fountains must be turned off.
- – Transportation equipment such as cars, trucks, airplanes and trailers may only be washed during certain times of the day. Garbage trucks, animal haulers and other forms of transportation that must be washed for sanitation reasons are exempt from these regulations.
- – Recycled or non-potable water must be used for construction whenever possible.
- – Restaurants will only serve water to patrons upon request.
- – Decorative fountains must use a recirculating pump.
- – The overfilling of swimming pools and spas is strictly prohibited.
- – Residents must correct leaks in their private water systems or face fines.
The use of running hoses without a shut-off nozzle is strictly prohibited for watering lawns, washing cars, rinsing off sidewalks and public areas, driveways or landscaped areas, except in the case of an emergency. Residents who are washing cars, trucks or other vehicles must implement anti-runoff measures, and are strongly encouraged to wash their vehicles at commercial car washes, which have water conservation measures in place. Please take heed and follow these restrictions to help reduce the impact of the California drought.