Skip to page body Home About Us What's New City Government Departments Living Visiting Doing Business I Want To...

 Facebook icon   Twitter icon 

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

 clock cropped

 Water landscape before 10:00am or after 5:00pm

 runoff  Keep irrigation on the landscape, not sidewalks or gutters
 broom on sidewalk  Sweep, don't wash paved surfaces
   Hose nozzles are required at all times
   Immediately fix and repair all irrigation and plumbing 
 leaks
   Restaurants must serve water only upon request
   Hotels and motels must offer patrons the choice
 to forgo daily changing of sheets and towels
   Swimming pools may not be drained and refilled
   Call 420-LEAK (5325) to report water waste
 

 Penalties will be applied to the utility bill for repeated
 violations of restrictions
 

Penalties:
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. 

Additional Information:
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

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Download Acrobat Reader Download Flash Player Download QuickTime Download Windows Media Player Download Microsoft Silverlight Download Word Viewer Download Excel Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer
Last updated: 3/13/2014 9:06:19 AM