Outdoor Guidelines

  • Repair all leaks in irrigation systems immediately.
  • Use the most water-efficient irrigation, including drip irrigation when appropriate.
  • Choose drought-tolerant vegetation to minimize the need for irrigation.
  • Group plants and trees with similar water needs together for most efficient irrigation.
  • Use mulch on exposed soil to lessen evaporation.
  • Water in early morning hours or late evening. Optimal hours for residential customers to water are between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid wind and excessive water loss from evaporation. Adjust run times to minimum values.
  • Use pool and spa safety covers or evaporation-reducing water treatments, if safe and appropriate for the situation, to help minimize water loss due to evaporation.
  • Pool and spa chemistry should be balanced and maintained. Filling and emptying of pools and spas are prohibited unless necessary to prevent or mitigate a safety hazard. Water levels may be maintained.

The SCV has a variety of water conservation rebates available to the community to help alleviate the effects of the drought. All SCV customers are encouraged to participate in these programs. Visit your local water supplier’s website or www.scvh2o.org for more information on the programs offered in your service area.