Water Conservation


Cal Water State Water Regulations Update **April 2017**

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.

Drought Information:  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.

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.