Water Conservation & Rebates
Drought Declared Over - Some Restrictions Still In Effect
In response to extensive statewide snow and rain and conservation efforts, on April 7, 2017 Governor Brown lifted the state's emergency drought regulations, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices. Similarly, in consideration of its water supply conditions, on April 11, 2017 the SFPUC (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission) lifted its call for customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent and ended mandatory reductions for dedicated irrigation customers with interruptible rates. NCCWD will continue to offer free services, supplies and other incentives to help homes and businesses save water and money now and for the future.
Which water use restrictions are still in effect?
The following prohibitions against wasteful water use remain in effect and are permanent:
- Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to sidewalks, streets, and hardscapes;
- Using a hose, without a shut-off nozzle, for any purpose;
- Washing sidewalks, driveways, plazas, and other outdoor hardscapes for reasons other than health or safety;
- Using drinking water for soil compaction, dust control, or other non-essential construction purposes if non-potable water is available;
- Watering outdoor landscapes with potable water during and within forty-eight (48) hours after a rain event;
- Watering with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;
- Irrigation of landscapes outside of new homes and buildings in a non-efficient manner;
- Using drinking water in non-recirculating fountains or decorative water devices;
- Serving water at restaurants without customer request; and
- Not providing hotel guests the option to reuse towels and linens.