Water Conservation

On July 21, Poway City Manager Dan Singer declared a Level 2 Water Shortage Alert, with mandatory conservation measures that took effect on August 1, 2014. The City Council ratified the declaration at its meeting on August 5, 2014. 

Summer is over and winter brings shorter days and cooler temperatures.  We are encouraging residents to conserve water by reducing outdoor watering times and days. 

Regional water agencies have begun discussing how to meet the increasing need for water conservation.  We anticipate that any State and regional cutbacks will be known in late December or in early January.  Until that time, we are encouraging residents to continue conserving water every day, and in every way.  


Landscape Watering Schedule

Homes With Street Addresses Ending in an Odd Number

Homes With Street Addresses Ending in an Even Number

Apartments, Condos, and Businesses

Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.

  • The City strongly encourages residents and businesses to irrigate before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. to minimize evaporation and wind interference.
  • Landscape irrigation using sprinklers is limited to no more than ten minutes maximum per watering station per assigned day. This requirement does not apply to drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems.
  • Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system may occur no more than three assigned days per week by using a hand-held container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume soaker hose.

Poway’s Water Conservation Plan allows flexibility with these watering schedule restrictions for properties that have installed new low water-use landscaping. Recognizing that California-friendly plants need water to establish, the City Manager may grant an exemption or modification to these restrictions as necessary. The application form can be found here.

The complete list of mandatory conservation measures associated with a Level 2 Declaration, as defined in Poway Municipal Code Chapter 8.94, can be found here.

Here are some links to more information for every type of water customer:


CA Friendly Landscape Home




Six Steps to a California Friendly Garden


The Super Water Savers