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Drought update

California Drought Update - April 2017

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 in a manner that causes runoff onto sidewalks, streets, and hardscapes;
  • Using a hose without a shut-off nozzle;
  • Watering outdoor landscapes during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  • Using water to wash sidewalks, driveways, or other landscapes;
  • Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
  • Using potable water to irrigate turf on street medians; and
  • Irrigating landscapes outside of new homes and buildings in a non-efficient manner.

For more information on the State’s urban water use restrictions extension, visit the official California Drought webpage. For more details of the City’s water use restrictions, please visit here

Additional Information 
More information is available, including Water Conservation Tips, Landscaping Resources, and a comprehensive list of FAQ's, to help you comply with the restrictions and conserve water both inside and outside your home. 

Report Water Waste and Help Conserve Water in Our Community 
Please help us educate residents and businesses about the City's water use restrictions. If you witness a potential violation or have questions about water conservation, please call our Water Conservation Hotline at (650) 558-7612 or email us at WaterConservation@burlingame.org

Report a Water Emergency 
For emergencies, such as a broken water main or hydrant, please contact the Public Works Corporation Yard at (650) 558-7670 between the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday. After hours, call the Burlingame Police Department at (650) 777-4100.