Water Use Restrictions
Winter rains have brought much needed relief to California. While most of the state is no longer in a drought, the State's Water Conservation Emergency Regulations are still in effect and the following water use restrictions will be enforced:
- Potable water shall not be used to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto non-irrigated areas, walkways, or other hard surfaces.
- Potable water shall not be applied in any manner to any driveway or sidewalk, except when necessary to address immediate health or safety concerns.
- Restaurants and other food service operations shall serve water to customers only upon request.
- Outdoor watering within 48 hours after at least 1/4 inch of rainfall.
- Prohibit the use of potable water for the irrigation of "non-functional turf" at large commercial, industrial, and institutional sites. "Non-functional turf" is defined as turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events. Non-functional turf does not include sports fields, residential lawns, parks, and irrigation as necessary to ensure the health of trees and other perennial non-turf plantings, or to the extent necessary to address an immediate health and safety need.
Wasteful Water Use Restrictions Ordinance
The City has a Wasteful Water Use Restrictions ordinance which targets and prohibits wasteful water use actions. The following uses of potable water are prohibited at all times:
- Use of a hose without a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Use of water for cleaning, filling, or operating non-recirculating, decorative water fountains.
- Use of water to irrigate outdoor plants, lawn, grass, landscaping or turf areas during and within 24 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Use of potable water to irrigate street medians containing ornamental turf.
- Use of broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering, or irrigation systems.
- Use in new, added, or altered car wash equipment unless a recirculating water system is incorporated.
- To promote conservation, hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and display notice of this option in guestrooms.
|Interested in learning how to get rid of your turf lawn and turn it into a native garden? Or maybe you want to learn how to detect leaks on your irrigation system. Watch previous recordings of landscape workshops hosted by Bay Area water suppliers.|
Report Water Waste and Help Conserve Water in Our Community:
- Call our Water Conservation Hotline at 650-558-7612,
- Email us at WaterConservation@burlingame.org, or
- Report it online at AccessBurlingame.
- Hotel Tent Card Template (docx)
- Outdoor Leaks (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Step-by-Step Directions for Outdoor Visual Leak Inspections (Smart Home Water Guide)
- Water Conservation Checklist
- Hire a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper