- Be cool – water when it’s cool. For sprinkler systems, water before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Sprinklers cannot run more than 15 minutes per station. The mandatory water day schedule is no longer in effect as of March 28, 2017.
- Be a sharp shooter – with automatic shut-off nozzles. Cars can be washed at home, but only using hoses with a nozzle that shuts off automatically when the handle is released. This helps you aim and control the water and can save many gallons.
- Be quick – fix water leaks as soon as possible. Fix visible leaks within 5 working days. Visit our leaks page to find out how to detect water leaks and fix them.
- Be in control – don’t let water flow into gutters or streets. Beyond minor splashing of surfaces, sprinkler and drip systems and hand watering that cause water to flow into gutters and streets or that make large puddles is not allowed.
- Be a sweeper – sweep hard surfaces. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces. Note: Hosing is allowed when using an automatic shut-off nozzle.
More Tips to Preserve Our Drinking Water
There are lots of ways to save water. Shortening your shower by just 5 minutes can save 15 gallons indoors. Find more water saving tips.
To Report Water Waste
Report water waste in Santa Clara County to the Santa Clara Valley Water District: