Water Conservation


Watering Restricted to three days per week Effective April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018.


The City of Morgan Hill has a long history of leadership in ensuring that water is used efficiently. Water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill and with this in mind, our permanent watering restrictions have been expanded to best manage the City's potable water supply. These restrictions will help us avoid or minimize the effects of drought, climate change and the unreliability of imported water infrastructure that serves the City of Morgan Hill. 

Currently and through October 31, 2018 irrigation is limited to three days a week as follows:
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses and properties with no address
  • 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 is allowed.
  • 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.

To further support these efforts, the City’s Water Waste Ordinance includes the following rules and regulations that are in effect at all times and apply to any person in the use of any potable water in the City with the following exceptions:
  • Uses of water necessary to protect public health and safety or for essential government services, such as police, fire and other similar emergency services.
  • The use of recycled water (limits on watering hours still apply).
  • The use of water by commercial nurseries and commercial growers to sustain plants, trees, shrubs, crops or other vegetation intended for commercial sale, to the use of water in a community garden providing garden plots to the public, or to home fruit and vegetable gardens less than 200 square feet.

Restrictions are as follows:

  1. Limits on Watering Days/Hours: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October as follows:
    • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses and properties with no address
    • Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
    • Watering is permitted before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
    • 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 as soon as possible and in no event, more than ten (10 ) days of receiving written notice from 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.
  4. No Excessive Water Flow or Runoff: Watering or irrigating in a manner that causes or allows excessive water flow or runoff is prohibited.
In addition, other water conservation provisions are always in effect in Morgan Hill. To conserve the most water, please review and implement them now. 

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the Water Waste Ordinance. 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.
  • Do-It-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey Kit

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
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Be sure to include your name and address.


Water Wise Survey Program


This two-part program will help you save water indoors and out. Sign up for one or both!
  • Water Wise Outdoor Survey: Offered to single family and small multi-family sites (under 1/2 acre). A trained irrigation professional will evaluate the irrigation system, flagging issues onsite, adjusting the irrigation controller and creating a custom report detailing the survey findings.
  • Do-It-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey: Customers may request a Do-it-Yourself kit to evaluate indoor water use that includes a flow rate bag for testing shower and sink flow rates and dye tablets to test toilets for leaks. Included in the kit will be a step-by-step guide to evaluating your own water use, including:
    • Meter leak test
    • Toilet leak test
    • Sink/Shower flow rates
    • General indoor leak information
    • Booklet that includes space to record your results and a form to fill out to request free conservation items, such as a toilet flapper or low flow showerhead/sink aerator. 

To schedule a survey or request a DIY kit, please call (408) 630-2554 or visit the SCVWD website.


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