Restrictions vary, depending on the stage of the drought.
In Stage 1:
- Shut-off nozzles are required on hoses for car washing.
- Washing hard surfaces, such as power washing a driveway, is prohibited.
- Runoff from landscape irrigation is prohibited.
- Outdoor watering is prohibited within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
- Landscape watering of newly constructed homes is prohibited.
- Decorative features, such as fountains, must use recirculated water.
- Customers are required to repair leaks, breaks, and malfunctions in a timely manner.
In Stage 2, earlier restrictions apply, plus:
- The use of non-recirculating systems in all new conveyer car wash and commercial laundry systems is prohibited.
- The use of single pass cooling systems in new connections is prohibited.
- Restaurants may not serve water to customers unless requested.
- Hotels and motels must offer guests an opt-out option for linen service.
- Outdoor irrigation by residential and business customers is limited to 1-3 days per week, depending on local ordinances.
In Stage 3, earlier restrictions apply, plus:
- The use of potable water for construction and dust control is prohibited.
- The use of potable water for street washing is prohibited.
- The use of potable water for irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.
- Filling of ornamental lakes or ponds is prohibited.
In Stage 4, earlier restrictions apply, plus:
- Vehicle washing, except with recirculated water or low-volume systems, is prohibited.
- Use of water for recreational purposes, such as water parks and the filling of pools, is prohibited.
In Stage 5, earlier restrictions apply, plus:
- Net zero demand increase on new water service connections is required.
- Single-pass cooling systems are prohibited.
In Stage 6, earlier restrictions apply, plus:
- A moratorium on new water service connections is imposed.
- All landscape irrigation is prohibited.