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2017 Drought Update


Thank you Redwood City Water Customers! You led the effort in water savings, reaching an astounding 23% reduction in consumption in 2015, and 20% reduction in 2016 compared to 2013.

On April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought State of Emergency in most of California (including Redwood City), while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices. As we move forward it is important to remember to use water wisely and help California Make Water Conservation a Way of Life. 

For more information visit the State Water Resource Control Board's Emergency Regulations Page



Permanent Prohibitions

  • No watering during rain and 48 hours after it rains.
  • No runoff of water from landscapes to non-irrigated areas
  • No application of potable water to driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscapes
  • No washing vehicles without the use of an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • No potable water in fountains or decorative water features except where the water is recirculated.
  • There are no restrictions on the use of recycled water.

Some Best Practices for Water Conservation

  • Consider draining your fountain during the drought.
  • Prevent runoff by checking for leaks, misdirected, or blocked spray in your sprinkler system.
  • Use the "cycle and soak" watering method, giving time for the water to be absorbed into the soil and avoid run-off.
    (For example if you need 8 minutes of watering, then use 2 start times one hour apart with a 4 minute run time each)
  • Use a car wash that reuses water.
  • Use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.


What to do if You Observe Water Waste

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