Administration

Posted on: June 19, 2017

Current Water Usage Requirements and Recommendations

The State Water Resources Control Board will maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians

Specific citywide watering restrictions in San Marino shall continue to be to enforced as well at ongoing public outreach for the additional water conservation recommendations and best management practices shall be monitored in an effort to encourage residential and business owners to make water conservation a way of life. Residents and business owners are encouraged to adjust their irrigation schedules to reflect the following practice:  Spring/Summer Schedule- April 1st thru October 31st, allows for residential and commercial properties to water a maximum of three days a week for residential and commercial properties (see days of the week below).   The Winter Schedule,  November 1st thru March 31st,  allows for residential and commercial properties to water a maximum of two days a week.  The two days of the week are at the discretion of the property owner based on the allowable days for the respective address.  


Current City water restrictions for watering residential and commercial properties that are being enforced include the following:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscape areas
  • Washing cars with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Use of fountains that do not re-circulate the water
  • Watering lawns in a manner that causes run-off or within 48 hours of rainfall 
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians

Additional water conservation recommendations and best management practices that are being monitored:


 •Limits On Watering Hours: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is prohibited between the hours of nine o’clock (9:00) A.M. and five o’clock (5:00) P.M. Pacific Time on any day, except by use of a handheld bucket or similar container, a handheld hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shutoff nozzle or device, or for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system. 

•Limits On Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water shall be limited to either (3) three days per week or (2) two days a week based on the time of year and in accordance with the following schedule: properties with odd numbered addresses may do so on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays; properties with even numbered addresses may do so on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Wednesday is a Citywide “No Watering” day. Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water outside of this schedule shall be monitored. 

•Limits On Watering Duration: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water using a landscape irrigation system or a watering device that is not continuously attended is limited to no more than fifteen (15) minutes watering per day per station. This subsection does not apply to landscape irrigation systems that exclusively use very low flow drip type irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two (2) gallons of water per hour and weather based controllers or stream rotor sprinklers that meet a seventy percent (70%) efficiency standard 

Low-flow irrigation systems (Including drip irrigation and micro spray) that emits less than two gallons per hour are exempt from day of week and time limitations.


*Additional watering restriction can be found on the City website-www.cityofsanmarino.org

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