Water Shortage Contingency Plan Stage 2

All Cal Water districts are currently in Stage 2 of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Stage 2 restrictions include additional outdoor watering limits and increased water waste penalties.

Please remember that penalties for violating the prohibited uses of water have also doubled. Some of the common restrictions include:

  • All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in a customer’s plumbing fixtures and/or irrigation system must be repaired within five business days of written notification by Cal Water.
  • Outdoor landscape irrigation is limited.
  • Vehicles may only be washed with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device.
  • Water may not be used on driveways or sidewalks, unless for health and safety purposes.
  • No watering of outdoor landscapes may occur during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Restaurants may only serve water upon request, and hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

Cal Water has been preparing for these increasingly serious drought conditions, and Stage 2 of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan helps us conserve while continuing to support our customers and provide quality, service, and value. We offer customers a variety of conservation programs and encourage you to take advantage of these resources to help save water every day.

Cal Water’s industry-leading conservation programs include:

  • Lawn-to-garden rebate of $3 per square foot of lawn removed and replaced with low-water-use landscaping
  • Spray-to-drip rebate of $0.50 per square foot of landscaping converted from standard spray irrigation to a drip system
  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, with certain rebates now doubled
  • A free smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of most irrigation leaks
  • A free residential conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, and more for residential customers

Drought resources, local irrigation regulations, and a full list of the prohibited uses of water can be found at drought.calwater.com.