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Voluntarily Conserve Water During Drought Emergency
The State of California is in the midst of the drought and one of its driest years in recent history.  Governor Jerry Brown has asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water.  Below is general information about the drought and helpful tips for conserving water around your home.

Update 7/23/14
Cal Water
Cal Water prepared to meet customer demand and encourages customers to use water efficiently


San Mateo’s water supply is provided by Cal Water, an outside agency that provides water to 21 Districts in California.

Following Governor Brown’s proclamation of a drought emergency on Friday, January 17, 2014, Cal Water issued a statement indicating that they are prepared to meet customer demand, and encourage customers to continue using water efficiently. Cal Water is requesting that customers aim for a 20% reduction in water use over prior years. At this time, Cal Water is not requiring water conservation but is continuing to closely monitor the situation.

On July 15, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations to increase water conservation by water utilities and their customers. In this action, the State prohibited using potable water for certain uses and has approved the use of fines of up to $500 per customer violation.


Prohibited water uses include:
  • Application of water to outdoor landscapes that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures
  • Use of a hose to wash vehicles, except where the hose has a shut-off nozzle
  • Application of water to any hard surface (driveways, sidewalks, asphalt)
  • Use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system

SEE: Drought Updates from Cal Water

To report water violations, please contact Cal Water.

Use water efficiently to reduce water usage in and around your home

Provided below are simple tips you can do in and around your home to reduce water usage. Cal Water offers free water conservation kits to residential customers and provides additional information and resources on its website.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or while doing dishes and washing vegetables.
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use your dishwasher or washing machine for only full loads
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Flush toilet only when necessary and don’t use as an ashtray or wastebasket
  • Read your water meter – if there is a change in a short time period you may have a leak
  • Water your lawn as needed and in the early part of the day or in the evening
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and landscaping
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean your driveway and sidewalk

Water Conservation Rebates and Incentive Programs

Learn more about Water Conservation Rebates and Programs available to Cal Water customers.

Interested in transforming your lawn into water-efficient landscaping? Rebates are available to assist you with the cost. Learn more about the Lawn Be Gone program which is available to Cal Water customers.

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