Water Conservation

State Regulations Update **April 2017**

Water Conservation Regulations for the City of San Mateo

The City of San Mateo’s water supply is provided by California Water Service (Cal Water), a private water supplier that provides water to 21 districts in California. Cal Water is responsible for developing and enforcing the compliance plan to meet the State regulations.

Water -Use Reductions and Restriction **Updated April 2017**

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown declared an end to the drought emergency throughout California, except in four counties (Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties).

We are pleased that the wet winter has eliminated drought conditions; however, we live in a traditionally dry climate, and we echo Governor Brown’s statement that it’s important for us to make water conservation a way of life and continue to use water wisely.

Along with Governor Brown’s announcement on April 7, 2016, the State released its framework for implementing long-term conservation standards. Cal Water is currently reviewing this framework and will be able to provide additional details after they have completed their review.
Until the Cal Water review is complete, Cal Water will continue to show voluntary conservation targets on bills, and irrigation schedules will continue to be effective.

Although the current drought is over, the State has kept prohibited uses of water designed to encourage broader conservation in effect. These include, for example, not hosing down paved areas and turning off irrigation systems when it rains.

A full list of water use restrictions can be found on the Prohibited Uses of Water page.
See the Conservation section of the Cal Water web site for information on the many water conservation programs and resources offered by Cal Water.

Water Conservation Rebates and Incentive Programs

Cal Water Rebates and Services
To help customers reduce their water use, consistent with the Governor’s order, Cal Water is offering a multitude of rebates and services to Cal Water customers. Residential users have the ability to participate in the following residential programs:
  • Complementary sprinkler nozzles
  • High-efficiency toilet rebates and delivery program
  • High-efficiency clothes washer rebates
  • Smart Irrigation Controller rebates
  • Water Use Efficiency Evaluation program
  • Home water use reports
  • Conservation kits
Likewise, commercial customers of Cal Water have access to the following conservation commercial programs:
  • Complementary sprinkler nozzles
  • High-efficiency toilet and urinal rebates
  • High-efficiency clothes washer rebates
  • Smart Irrigation Controller rebates
  • Rotating nozzle rebates
  • Spray Body with Integrated Pressure Regulation and Check Valve rebates
Rebates for both residential and commercial Cal Water customers are available for the Turf Replacement Rebate Program, aimed at converting water intensive lawns to water efficient landscapes.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, available to residents and businesses in San Mateo, allow for both energy efficient and water reducing projects to become financially viable. Reference the Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Residents and Businesses section on our Energy page for information on providers within the city.

More information about available conservation programs is available at the Cal Water Conservation website.

2016-17 Rain Barrel Rebate Program

Did you know one inch of rain can turn into 625 gallons of water? Capture every drop with a rain barrel and get a rebate for $50!

Harvesting rainwater with the help of a rain barrel is one of the simplest ways to lighten your water footprint, fight pollution, and prevent flooding. San Mateo residents who buy and install qualifying rain barrels can collect rebates of up to $100 per barrel.

Visit the Flows to Bay website for rebate information, plus tips on installation and keeping your rain barrel ship-shape.

June 2016 - tbd 2017

Water Pollution Prevention - Dog Waste Bag Giveaway

The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program is giving away FREE dog waste bag canisters to County residents to help make it easier. Picking up after your pup keeps our neighborhoods clean and our creeks, ocean and Bay free of harmful bacteria.

Visit the Flows to Bay website for you dog waste bag canister.