Water Use Restrictions

On April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought state of emergency, in several counties in California, including San Mateo County, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices. 

The following wasteful water practices are still prohibited:

  • Watering outdoor landscapes that causes runoff onto streets or sidewalks. Any type of irrigation using potable (drinking) water to run onto adjacent property, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, street/gutters or other paved or non-irrigated areas is prohibited.
  • Using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. Hoses can be used to water plants, edible gardens and fruit trees any day of the week, however, we highly encourage you to water in the evenings to minimize the amount of water loss due to evaporation.
  • Watering during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall. Turn off your irrigation systems during the winter or wet season (October through April).
  • Using water to wash hard/paved surfaces. Drinking water cannot be used to clean hard surface areas, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, roofs, and awnings except to address immediate health or safety concerns.
  • Using water in a non-recirculating fountain. It is prohibited to use water fountains or other decorative water features unless the water is part of a recirculating system.

Additional ways to conserve water:

  • Take your car to a commercial car wash facility. We encourage you to either wash your car on your lawn (water it at the same time!) or support a local car wash business that reuses the rinse water.
  • Use a pool cover. If you have a swimming pool, using a pool cover can avoid water loss due to evaporation.
  • Fix broken or defective plumbing immediately. Broken or defective plumbing, sprinklers, or irrigation systems that permit the escape or leakage of potable (drinking) water must be repaired within 24 hours of the discovery of the defect or leak.

Report Water Waste and Help Conserve Water in Our Community:

  1. Call our Water Conservation Hotline at 650-558-7612,
  2. Email us at WaterConservation@burlingame.org, or
  3. Report it online at AccessBurlingame.