Water Waste Regulations

The City is committed to making water conservation a way of life. This includes maximizing water use efficiency and prohibiting water waste.

Prohibited Wasteful Water Practices are described in Section 11-2.47 of the Hayward Municipal Code. If you see water waste, please submit a report with an address and brief description using the Access Hayward link below. 

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The following water uses are prohibited in the City of Hayward:

  • Excessive use of water due to defective or broken plumbing or irrigation system
  • Any use of water that results in flooding or runoff into gutters or streets
  • Any use of water for irrigation in a manner that causes excessive water flow, overspray or runoff onto non-irrigated areas
  • Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Application of water to driveways and sidewalks
  • 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
  • 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.

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

Water Conservation Rebates and Programs