Outdoor Water Restrictions Are in Effect
The City of Santa Cruz faces a serious water shortage due to the ongoing drought. Outdoor Water Restrictions remain in effect from May 1st, 2013 through October 31st, 2014.
For information on water rationing and the Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency visit our drought webpage.
Mandatory Water Restrictions including Water Waste Prohibitions
1st offense: written notice and opportunity to correct the situation
2nd offense: $100 penalty
3rd offense: $250 penalty
4th offense: $500 penalty
Penalty amounts are tripled for customers using over 1 million gallons/year
Exceptions to Landscape Watering:
Drip irrigation systems, soaker hoses and watering cans may be used any time of the day. Professional gardeners may handwater any time of the day where no other option is feasible. Landscape contractors may make irrigation system repairs or adjustments any time of the day.
Exception to Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces:
Sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces may be washed down to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards, or to prepare paved surfaces for sealing.
2014 Drought - Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.01 - Water Shortage Regulations and Restrictions
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.02 - Water Waste Regulations