Water Use Restrictions

Poway City Manager Dan Singer declared a revision to the City's watering schedule effective beginning July 1, 2016.  The resolution is scheduled for City Council consideration during the July 19, 2016 City Council Meeting. The conservation measures associated with a Level 2 Declaration are still in effect, defined below in Poway Municipal Code Chapter 8.94:

  1. Do not wash down paved surfaces, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios, except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
  2. Do not allow water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, low head drainage, or overspray and do not allow water flows onto nontargeted areas, such as adjacent property, nonirrigated areas, hardscapes, roadways, or structures.
  3. Irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. only.
  4. Use only a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
  5. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time using a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Water for livestock is permitted at any time.
  6. Use only recirculated water to operate ornamental fountains.
  7. Wash vehicles only using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that recirculates (reclaims) water on site. Do not wash vehicles during hot conditions when additional water is required due to evaporation.
  8. Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
  9. Do not use single-pass cooling equipment in new commercial applications, including, but not limited to, air conditioners, air compressors, vacuum pumps, and ice machines.
  10. Use a water recirculation system for commercial conveyor car washes and all new commercial laundry systems.
  11. Run only fully loaded dishwashers and washing machines.
  12. Use recycled or nonpotable water for construction purposes to the fullest extent possible when available.
  13. Reset irrigation clocks as necessary to water once per week in winter, and not more than three times per week in summer.
  14. Add water to maintain the level of water in swimming pools and spas only when necessary (to ensure proper operation of the pool filter). A pool cover is encouraged, but not required.
  15. Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
  16. Landscape watering shall be conducted only in conformance with landscape watering schedules and restrictions for commercial and residential properties approved by the City Manager. The watering schedule and restrictions may address factors such as how many days during the week, which days of the week, the amount of time per watering station, and other pertinent details. Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system shall be subject to the same watering schedule and restrictions, using a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation. City-maintained parks, landscaped areas, and facilities; golf courses; and commercial growers and nurseries are exempt from the schedule restrictions.
  17. All leaks shall be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the City of Poway, unless other arrangements are made with the City Manager.
 The landscape watering schedule and restrictions are as follows:  
  • Irrigation will be allowed only before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. 
  • Landscape irrigation is limited to no more than three assigned days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • 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.
  • Watering is not permitted during or within 48 hours after a measurable rain event.

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.