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Drought Information & Water Use Restrictions

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Water Conservation Legislative Update

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Governor lifted California’s Emergency Drought Declaration for the majority of the state (all counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne). While the emergency has been lifted, conservation efforts will continue, and to that end the State Water Resources Control Board will still maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians. To aid in this effort, the State released the final report for “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” in conjunction with the end of the drought state of emergency. The framework requires new legislation across the state to establish long-term water conservation measures and improved planning for more frequent and severe droughts.

Although the Emergency Drought Declaration has been lifted, current state mandated end user restrictions on water use still remain in effect and are likely to become permanent.  The full list of mandatory water conservation measures for the City of Davis are listed below. 
State Water Conservation Portal

Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

  • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system*
  • Outdoor watering is restricted to three days a week*:
    • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    • Even numbered addresses: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
    • No outdoor watering on Monday;

*Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses are exempt from watering days and times

  • No watering during periods of rain or for 48 hours after measureable rainfall
  • No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind
  • No washing down paved surfaces unless for safety or sanitation, in which case a bucket, a hose with a shut-off nozzle, a cleaning machine that recycles water or a low-volume/high-pressure water broom must be used
  • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from the city of Davis
  • Fountains and water features must have a re-circulating water system
  • Vehicles must be washed with a hand-held bucket and/or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle (does not apply to commercial car washes)
  • Restaurants may not serve drinking water unless by patron's request
  • Restaurants must use water-saving dish wash spray valves
  • No installation of non-recirculating water systems at new commercial car washes and laundry systems;
  • Hotels and motels must give guests the option to decline daily bed linen and towel changes
  • No irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in any manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development
  • No irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians

Print PDF of Water Use Restrictions

Drought Resources


Report Water Waste

To report water leaks and water waste violations, please e-mail SaveWater@CityofDavis.org or call (530) 757-5620. Reports may be kept anonymous however the City will need the full address of the violation location in order to make contact.