2018 Water Use Restrictions

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Another Dry Year- 2018 Water Use Restrictions

 Due to below average rainfall and runoff, the Santa Cruz City Council adopted a Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert, which will go in effect beginning May 1 through October 31, 2018.

A Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert includes both voluntary and mandatory measures for all Santa Cruz Water customers including, residential, business, irrigation, and the University. The goal  is to maintain system water use during the upcoming dry season at the same low level as last year, preserving water storage in Loch Lomond Reservoir, in case of a subsequent dry year.

For more information, refer to the Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert 2018 Restrictions Summary

To see how we are doing on our goal, refer to the 2018 Monthly Water Production and Reservoir Targets


Stage 1 Restrictions include:

For all customers:

  • No landscape watering between 10 am and 5 pm (exceptions include drip irrigation, soaker hoses, watering cans).
  • Hose nozzles required.
  • No washing down hard or paved surfaces (exceptions include health or sanitation hazards).
  • No initial filling, draining, or refilling of swimming pools.

For commercial customers:

  • Restaurants and commercial food service establishments must only serve drinking water upon request.
  • Commercial lodging establishments must offer patrons the options to forego daily laundering of towels, sheets and linens.

In addition, the City’s water waste prohibitions (Chapter 16.02 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code) are always in effect and will continue to be enforced with stepped up field enforcement.

Water Waste prohibitions include:

  • Excessive irrigation running off property or spraying onto sidewalks and paved areas
  • Outdoor washing, including the cleaning of structures and vehicles, without a shut-off nozzle on the hose
  • Operation of a water fountain or other decorative water feature that doesn't use recirculated water
  • Uncorrected plumbing leaks
  • Unauthorized use of water from a fire hydrant
  • Other indiscriminate uses of water

Please report any water waste to the City of Santa Cruz Water Conservation Office. 


Recursos en Español: 

Para obtener información sobre restricciones del uso de agua en español, por favor refiérase al resumen de restricciones de primera etapa de escasez de agua o llame al Departamento de Agua al (831) 420-5220.