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Water Use Regulations
There is no excuse for water abuse.
The DWP works hard to make sure the Bear Valley's water resources are sustainably managed to delay the need for rationing and more restrictive water use regulations. Part of this effort is to ensure that our limited water supply is conserved and not wasted. The way this is accomplished is by the following water use rules and regulations:

  • Water should be used reasonably and productively at all times.
  • All water leaks from any water line, faucet, toilet, etc. must be repaired once detected.
  • Water must be kept from running off onto adjacent properties, public or private roadways, and streets.
  • No hose washing of sidewalks, driveways, patios, or other paved areas except when needed to protect public health and safety.
  • Automatic shut-off nozzles must be used on hand-held hoses.
  • Washing vehicles must be done with a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • There shall be no use of water from fire hydrants, except for fire protection and approved construction purposes.
  • Landscape watering shall be done before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from April 1st through November 1st.
  • Follow an alternate day watering schedule (even/odd):
    • If your address ends in an odd number, water on odd calendar dates: 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.
    • If your address ends in an even number, water on even calendar dates: 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.
  • No outdoor watering on major summer holiday weekends (notices will be posted if watering restrictions are in place).
  • All irrigation systems must be shut off and winterized November 1st through April 1st.
  • Turf (grass) installations shall be limited to 1,000 square feet. If you already have turf, you may install additional turf that totals 1,000 square feet (including both existing and new turf). Click here for a full list of landscape regulations.
  • Temporary watering exemptions are available, but you must obtain a water permit.

Download a copy of the DWP's Water Conservation Policy.
View a full list of Water Use & Landscaping Regulations.

If you have questions, would like more information, or conservation tips, please contact the Conservation Department.