Water Conservation

Visit our Water Conservation Website at www.thinkh2Onow.com

Current Water Supply
**Updated as of April 7, 2014**
Click here for a Spanish translation of the current restrictions.

At the July 1, 2014 City Council meeting, the City of Pismo Beach City Council declared a "Critically Restricted Water Supply" with modified restrictions. The current restrictions are as follows:

A. Use of water which results in excessive gutter runoff is prohibited.
B. No outdoor water use – except irrigation.
1. No water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets or other such uses except by the City contracted street sweeper, or where necessary to protect the public health and safety;
2. Outdoor water use for washing vehicles or boats shall be attended and have hand-controlled watering devices, typically including spring-loaded shutoff nozzles.
 3. Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is prohibited. 
C. Outdoor Irrigation.
1. Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m.;
2. Irrigation of private and public landscaping, turf areas and gardens is permitted at even- numbered addresses only on Mondays and Thursdays and at odd-numbered addresses only on  Tuesdays and Fridays. All customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping.
 3. Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation is prohibited. 
D. Restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer.
E. Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily. 
F. Use of potable water for compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited.
 (Ord. 90-10 § 2 (part), 1990: prior code § 13.06.050)
1. Other potable water use during construction may restricted at the discretion of the City Engineer. Such restrictions will be based upon the City’s current water supply condition, availability of nonpotable water by the contractor and/or if in the opinion of the City Engineer the  water use is considered wasteful.

On March 25, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to redouble water conservation efforts and called upon all Californians to cut water usage by 25%. To see what a 25% reduction in usage looks like click here (available in both English and Spanish).

Future Solutions Now
The Water Conservation webpage is designed to help better understand your water service and to gain handy tips on how to conserve water both inside your home or business and in your landscape areas.

Have you been reading about the water shortages in many San Luis Obispo County Communities? Are you concerned about the predictions of prolonged drought in the southwest United States? Have you experienced an unusually high water bill for no apparent reason? If you could save money and improve the environment too, would you be interested?

Water Wise Gardening
The City of Pismo Beach is pleased to offer you this tool in designing a water wise garden. Please click the link below to access the San Luis Obispo County Partners In Water Conservation Water Wise Landscaping site. There you will be able to browse pictures of gardens from all over the county to get planting ideas. When browsing gardens you can “hover” over plants you like to learn their common name, botanical name and characteristics of that plant. Further plants can be searched by common name, botanical name or a guided search. The guided search allows users to find plants based on plant type, amount of sun light the plant will receive, expected plant height, color of flower, type of soil and time of year the plant will bloom.

If you have any questions about the Garden Wise Website or water conservation please call the Department of Public Works at 805-773-4656.

Click here for the Garden Wise Website or here for a flyer on How to Garden in a Drought.

For more information on water-efficient irrigationn equipment and techniques, visit the Save Our Water Website.

We Want to Help You
The City of Pismo Beach wants to help you conserve water. Our staff will come to your home or business to meet with you, survey your water use and help you understand how to conserve this scarce commodity. This survey, referred to as a "Water Audit," includes a review of your water bills, a check of your indoor and outdoor plumbing and suggestions on how you can make repairs or changes in your water use that will reduce your water consumption and your water bill.

To make an appointment for a water audit, call 805-773-4656.