Water Conservation

Watering Restricted to three days per week Effective June 15, 2016 through October 31, 2016.



Despite the rainfall we received last winter, California continues to be in a drought and water supplies throughout most of the state have improved, but are still limited. In response to the improvement in the State’s drought condition, the City Council shifted the City's status from a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Condition to a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Condition at their June 15, 2016 meeting.

Currently and through October 31, 2016 irrigation is limited to three days a week as follows:
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses
  • Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
  • No watering on Wednesdays
  • Watering is permitted before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per watering day per station

In addition, the following is in effect:
  • Restrictions cover all potable water in the Morgan Hill City limits, including water from private wells.
  • Pool filling restrictions have been lifted.
  • The washing of vehicles is allowed with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device.

Level 1 restrictions are as follows:

  1. Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to two days per week during the months of April through October as follows:
    • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses
    • Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
    • Watering limitations decrease to 1 day a week beginning in November. 
  2. Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions: All leaks, breaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the city unless other arrangements are made with the city.
  3. No Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces: Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards. Washing down structures, fences, and hard surfaces expressly for the purposes of preparing a surface for the application of a surface coating is not prohibited provided it does not occur more than one time in any twelve (12) month period.
In addition, other water conservation provisions are always in effect in Morgan Hill. To conserve the most water in this time of drought, please review and implement them now. 

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage. If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-776-7333.

Resources


Conserving water is always an important aspect of environmental protection and one that can pay off immediately to you in the form of reducing your water bill.

Morgan Hill residents interested in conserving water can receive the following items at no charge:
  • Water Wise Garden Information Packet - Save money by following the information in this packet and designing a water wise landscape. Plant selection, drip irrigation guidelines, and lawn watering information are included.
  • Water Saving Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators - Save water while cleaning up by installing these low-flow water appliances.

To receive any or all of these items, please send an email telling us what you want. You may also mail us a note at:
City of Morgan Hill
Environmental Services Division
100 Edes Court
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Be sure to include your name and address.

Residents may also schedule a Water-Wise House Call from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. A Water-Wise House Call is a free home water use survey that helps identify opportunities where you can conserve water. Conducting a house call involves calculating water use, teaching you to read your water meter, surveying the irrigation system, and showing you simple ways to save water both in and outside the home. Get more information on this program.

Additional Information