Drought regulations and restrictions

The winter of 2017 has been one of the wettest on record, following five years of drought conditions.  The Governor formally declared an end to the drought emergency on April 7, 2017 in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or right after rainfall. 

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the City’s wholesale water supplier, has announced that available water has exceeded what is needed to ensure the entire water system will fill by July 1, 2017 and that SFPUC will be able to meet 100% of its customers’ needs this year.  

The City Council will consider actions to address the recent changes to the water supply situation at its May 23 meeting.

Snow Cap
 SFPUC and National Forest Service snow surveyors measure snow depth and density at high elevation sites in the Cherry Watershed. At our highest elevation sites, we measured record snow depths and water content. At Summit Meadow (9300 ft, left), average snow depth was 178 inches, or nearly 15 feet. At Horse Meadow (8400 ft, right), average snow depth was 148 inches (12 feet).

Help us continue to meet our conservation goals!

Water conservation rebates and programs for residents
Water conservation rebates and programs for businesses 

Report Water Waste
If you see water waste, please let us know.

The following water uses are prohibited in the City of Hayward:
(See the proposed updated Prohibitions on Wasteful Water Practices, which the City Council will review at its May 23 meeting.

  • 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