What water uses are prohibited?

Using potable water for the following activities:

  • Outdoor watering that lets water run onto sidewalks and other areas (except incidental runoff)
  • Washing vehicles without an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • Washing hard surfaces like driveways or sidewalks that don’t absorb water
  • Street cleaning or construction site preparation
  • Filling decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds
  • Outdoor watering within 48 hours after it rains at least 1/4 inch of rainfall
  • Watering ornamental turf on public medians 

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1. What water uses are prohibited?
2. What is potable water?
3. Who does this apply to?
4. Are these exceptions from the prohibitions?
5. Can communities still water tress?
6. Who enforces the prohibitions?
7. Where can I report water waste violations?
8. Are there restrictions on filling swimming pools?
9. Where can I find the state's adopted emergency regulation?
10. What is "non-functional turf"?
11. Does the non-functional turf irrigation ban apply to residential properties?
12. Are there any exceptions to the non-functional turf irrigation ban?
13. Who decides if turf is functional?
14. Does the regulation affect trees? Do urban trees need to be watered?
15. What actions may a water supplier or local government (or any entity already authorized to enforce infractions) take to enforce violations of the regulation? What actions may the Board take?
16. Can HOAs or cities enforce their landscaping guidelines that conflict with homeowners’ drought responses?
17. Does this regulation apply to HOAs?