California's Water Use Restrictions

The State Continues Its Water Use Restrictions

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown ended the drought State of Emergency in most of California.

While it does not require Santa Fe Irrigation District or its customers to reduce its water demands, it does require all water customers in California to comply with mandatory water-use restrictions.


The State's water-use restrictions are as follows:
To prevent the waste and unreasonable use of water and to promote water conservation, each of the following actions is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency:
  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes;
  • Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature;
  • Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation; and
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

SFID No Longer in a Drought

The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously on March 16, 2017, to rescind its Water Shortage Level.

Additionally, the State removed its Emergency Declaration of Drought on April 7, 2017 but customers need to continue to follow the State's Water-Use Restrictions.

Drought is cyclical, and the District always encourages careful use of water in our semi-arid region.

To help customers, the District is continuing its rebates and incentive programs. Visit our Conservation page to learn more.