Restrictions

Restricted:

  • Watering so much that it runs onto the sidewalk, driveway or other non-landscape areas.
  • Applying water to driveways, sidewalks, concrete or asphalt is prohibited unless to address immediate health and safety needs. Reasonable pressure washer or water broom use is permitted.
  • Watering during and 48 hours after rain (click here to learn more about Smart Irrigation Controllers)
  • Running water to wash vehicles. The use of buckets and stop nozzles on hoses, for rinsing only, shall be permitted.
  • No spray/sprinkler irrigation during daylight hours (leak checks are okay – please use a cone)
  • Restaurants to provide water only to guests that ask for it

Recommended:

  • Agency customers are encouraged not to empty and refill swimming pools from June 1 through October 31.

California restrictions:

  • The use of potable water to irrigate ornamental turf within street medians shall be prohibited.
  • The use of potable water by certain types of properties to irrigate “non-functional turf” is prohibited.

You can report violations of state restrictions by clicking here.

Ordinance 72 (water use restrictions)

Water waste reporting tool

State Water Board FAQ on water restrictions

DWA New Water Restrictions FAQ

For questions or comments about the mandatory water restrictions, please email our conservation team.

What are the new water use restrictions?

The Desert Water Agency (DWA) Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 7 adopted new water restrictions to comply with State Water Board emergency regulations and help with the statewide drought.  They are effective immediately and include:

  • No spray/sprinkler irrigation during daylight hours (leak checks are okay – please use a cone)
  • Restaurants to provide water only to guests that ask for it

The State also has a prohibition on certain types of properties watering “non-functional turf” – please review the State FAQ.

How can I report violations?

For violations of water waste (Level 1 or Level 2) you can report waste to DWA. Our team uses the reports to issue warning letters and to help us better enforce the rules. Please include precise time and location information in your reports.

For violations of California prohibitions on median and “non-functional turf”, you can report waste to the State

Why is DWA imposing these new water use restrictions?

In response to Governor Newsom’s March 28 Executive Order N-7-22, California’s State Water Board mandated that water suppliers implement Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.

What time of day can I water?

During different time of year, the daylight hours shift. Please adjust your timers monthly to ensure you’re watering before sunrise and/or after sunset (non-daylight hours) to avoid citations. Example: if you set your timer to 5:00 a.m. and/or 8:00 p.m. you will avoid citations. You may check for leaks during daylight hours but we ask that someone is visibly present checking the system and/or a cone is out to signal a leak check.

How does watering at night save water?

Watering when the sun doesn't shine reduces water lost to evaporation. Take this into consideration when adjusting your irrigation timer and think about cutting back number of minutes you're watering.

How do you know if I am checking for a leak?

Desert Water Agency personnel will look for crews or cones in the area that demonstrate the sprinklers are running for a leak check. If these things aren’t visible, our team will issue a citation.

How are HOAs affected by these new rules?

HOAs should follow the rules on not watering during daylight hours and any clubhouse facilities should not serve water to guests unless they ask for it. Grass in common areas of HOAs, if not recreational or protective of trees and shrubs, is subject to the State’s prohibition on irrigation. Please check out the State’s FAQ on their prohibition.

How does the state ban on watering “non-functional turf” affect me?

The State is prohibiting businesses, governments and HOAs from watering “non-functional turf” which is considered grassy areas that are not actively used for community events or recreation. These areas can continue to be watered if necessary for the health of trees and shrubs. Recycled water use is not subject to this rule and can still be used. Please check out the State’s FAQ on their prohibition.

Do these restrictions apply to all DWA customers?

Customers using recycled water and those with drip irrigation can continue to water during daylight hours. DWA recommends all customers water early morning and/or late evening to avoid evaporation.

Is DWA going to run out of water?

Desert Water Agency is NOT running out of water. In the long run, these restrictions will help our community because they reduce water demand and decrease the amount of imported water needed to replenish our groundwater basin.

What other water saving actions are in place?

To further help save water, DWA, as part of its Level 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan will:

  • Increase water waste patrols
  • Actively discourage overseeding
  • Reach out to customers about rules
  • Reduce hydrant and dead-end line flushing

I have more questions that are not answered here, who can I reach out to?

Please email conservation@dwa.org or call 760-323-4971 extension 279 if you have any specific questions.