Mandatory Water Conservation

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January 2014 and issued a series of Executive Orders in April and September 2014 and January 2015, that streamline the States drought response and makes California more drought resilient for the future.

What types of water use are prohibited for all Californians?

  • Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways.
  • Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water.
  • Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars.
  • Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water.
  • Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measureable rainfall.

What else can you do to conserve water?

  • Report any leaks to your Housing Office immediately.
  • Take showers that are five minutes or less.
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair.
  • Baths can use more water than showers. If taking a bath, fill the bathtub halfway or less. Also, plug the bathtub before turning on the water and adjust the temperature as the tubs fills. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, etc. Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other one with rinse water.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food. Defrost food in the refrigerator or the microwave.