Although local reservoirs are fuller than average this summer, there’s never enough water to waste. We rely on rainfall stored in our reservoirs for 75 percent of our water supply. Since we never know how much rainfall the next year will bring, it is important to use water wisely to help ensure a reliable supply for the future.
Most of our customers are very conscious about using water responsibly and may not even realize they are wasting water—so that’s why we point it out when it comes to our attention. Eliminating water waste can also be an easy way to bring down your bill.
Under the district’s Water Conservation Code, the following practices are considered water waste and are unlawful:
- Washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots and all other hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing, except in cases of public health or safety hazard. Use a broom instead to save water and get a little exercise at the same time.
- Water leaks or breaks that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery or notification from the district, whichever occurs first. If you find a leak or have a pipe break, please make repairs promptly.
- Non-recycling decorative water fountains. Make sure that any decorative fountains recirculate the water they use.
- Wasteful irrigation practices that allow water to run off or overspray the areas being watered. Water plants, not pavement!
- Any excess water runoff flowing onto the public right of way at a rate of one gallon per minute or greater, with the exception of storm water and naturally occurring groundwater. By keeping water on your property under control, you’ll also help prevent polluted runoff that can harm our creeks and the Bay.
If you see a water waste condition—or if you need help identifying the cause of water waste on your property—email our Water Conservation Department or call (415) 945-1520.