Water is a precious and limited resource, especially in drought-prone California. Water conservation and the efficient use of water is the most environmentally sound way to protect our water. Using less water protects our water supply for future generations. We offer free water-saving devices and rebates to help customers save water indoors and outdoors.
- Emergency Regulations
- Conservation Products
- Conservation Tips
- Rebate Program
- Water-Efficient Landscaping
Second Water Conservation Emergency Regulation of 2022
On March 28, 2022, Governor Newsom directed the State Water Board (Board) to consider adopting an emergency regulation for urban water conservation. On May 24, 2022, the Board adopted an emergency regulation. On June 10, 2022, the emergency regulation went into effect and will remain for one year from the effective date, unless the Board modifies it, readopts it, or ends it before then.
On May 24, 2022, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) moved to further reduce systemwide water use to align with calls for conservation by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Water Quality Control Board. In doing so, agency leaders emphasized that customers must reduce outdoor water use this summer to maintain water supplies. The SFPUC’s action moves the agency into Level 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan at an 11% systemwide use reduction, highlighting the continued need for water conservation throughout the Bay Area, particularly outdoor use.
Per State Mandate, the City of Daly City has moved into Level 2 of our Urban Water Management Plan. Immediate action is needed to ensure all Californians are taking sufficient actions to conserve water and preserve the State’s water supply. The City of Daly City will continue to educate our residents and requests everyone to continue to use water wisely.
State Emergency Regulation Requirements
- limit outdoor water use
- limit landscape irrigation to no more than two days per week
- no irrigation between 10am - 6pm
- repair leaks asap
- no washing hard surfaces; sweep instead
- empty all decorative water features and fountains
- restaurants will only serve water upon request
- no vehicle washing except at facilities that recycle or recirculate water
- Visit the State Water Board website for additional documentation/information
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- Tips, Requirements and Publications
- Save Water Outdoors
- Water Waste and Fixing Leaks
- Visit the SFPUC website for additional documentation/information
- Or visit the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) for additional documentation/information
- Fix leaks, including leaky toilets
- Install high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads
- Take shorter (5 minute) showers
- Don't let the tap, shower, or bath run excessively
- Track your water bill and meter to curtail water use
- Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving
- Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only
- Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees
- Recycle indoor water to use on plants
- Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains
- Replace your grass/turf with water-wise plants
- Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of water from a hose
- Water your outdoor landscape earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler
- Prevent irrigation overspray onto hardscapes
- Educate employees and visitors about conserving water - place signs encouraging conservation in public and employee areas.
- If you hear a toilet running or see a leak, repair or report it to maintenance.
- Replace inefficient toilets, urinals, washing machines and other equipment.
- Install water-efficient showerheads and aerators
- Be mindful of water use when cleaning facilities.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean sidewalks.
- Prevent irrigation overspray onto hardscapes
- Turn off the tap when soaping hands.
- Serve customers tap water only upon request.
In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of governments of San Mateo County) and BAWSCA (Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency), we are offering rebates of up to $200 for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.
For the fastest rebate, APPLY ONLINE. You will need your water account number in order to register for an online account and submit your application.
Make your garden beautiful and more water efficient. Transform your current landscaping to the garden you want and use water more efficiently. Re-landscaping a yard requires planning and preparation. Before turf is removed, initial steps include:
- Assessing your current irrigation system and identifying needed modification
- Finding the plants that work best in your climate
- Characterizing your soil
- Assessing sun conditions in your yard
One of the key resources for selecting plants is the Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) database, which lists plants for your region based on plant water needs.
Sign up for FREE water-wise landscaping classes offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA).
- To view a list of classes and to register online, visit BAWCA Landscape Classes. Registration is required to attend.
- To register by phone: 650-349-3000
- To register by email: email@example.com
- Registration for Millbrae class only, call 650-259-2348
- For Bay-Friendly Workshops: go to RescapeCA.org or call 510-444-SOIL
- View videos of past landscape classes