San Diego Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions Share

October 21, 2014

If you live in California you know our state is in a major drought. San Diego’s City Council approved mandatory water restrictions on October 20, 2014. The mandatory rules, which include restrictions on watering lawns, washing vehicles and using fountains, go into effect Nov. 1, 2014.


Under a Level 2 Drought Alert, the city aims to cut water usage by 20%. These are the following restrictions:

  • Water lawns no more than three days a week for nor more than seven minutes each time
  • Use hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles or timed sprinkler systems
  • Wash vehicles before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Water potted plants, gardens and fruit trees before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Don’t water plants or yards on rainy days
  • Shut off ornamental fountains that don’t use recycled water

Watering lawns would be restricted based on where you live. Odd-numbered addresses will water Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even-numbered addresses will water Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Apartments, condominiums and businesses would be allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

To learn more about the water restrictions visit San Diego City website.

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