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In spite of recent rain storms, California is still in a drought. Read about the State's extension of the Emergency Drought Regulations.

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Emergency Water Use Restrictions

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order that requires mandatory water conservation. The State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations that prohibits the following activities. The City of Hayward is required to reduce our water consumption by 8%. The City is currently exceeding our 8% goal. Keep up the great work Hayward!

Effective immediately, the following water uses are prohibited in the City of Hayward:

  • Any use of water that results in significant runoff to streets, driveways, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, or other non-irrigated area
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, buildings or other outdoor structures with potable water
  • Irrigating lawns, landscaping or other vegetated areas more than two days per week
  • Irrigating lawns, landscaping, or other vegetated areas during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation
  • Serving water in restaurants and bars unless specifically requested by the customer.
  • Washing towels and linens on a daily basis in hotels and motels unless specifically requested by the customer.
  • Excessive use of water due to defective or broken plumbing or irrigation system
  • Using a hose for any purpose, including vehicle washing, unless the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Using a decorative fountain or other ornamental water features unless the water is recirculated

Nozzle Your Hose

The following additional actions are strongly encouraged:

  • Irrigate your yard in the early morning and evening hours to reduce evaporation
  • Install water saving fixtures and appliances - learn about free devices and rebates from the City
  • Don't run your dishwasher or clothes washing machine until you have a full load