Water Conservation News
The City of San Bruno is reviewing the details of Governor Newsom’s announcement easing water-use restrictions and how regionally specific components affect our service areas. Any changes we make will be based on local water supply conditions and need approval by the California Public Utilities Commission; we will communicate any changes to our customers as quickly as possible. Please note that prohibited, wasteful uses of water remain in place statewide.
Additionally, while we are thankful for all of the precipitation we have received this year, we remind our customers that it is still important to use water wisely and make conservation a way of life, as our changing climate will bring more dry years in the future. We are here to help our customers save water every day through a variety of programs and rebates to meet your unique needs.
To help mitigate the impact of drought on the State, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-7-22, asking water agencies to implement actions consistent with Stage 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans. Many Californians and urban water suppliers have taken bold steps over the years to reduce water use but the severity of the current drought requires additional conservation actions from urban water, residents, and the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.
Stage 2 of San Bruno's Water Shortage Contingency Plan asks residents and businesses to reduce potable water use by up to 20 percent compared to 2020. San Bruno water customers can find their water use by visiting the San Bruno Water Portal or by reviewing their billing statements.
Cycles of heavy rainfall and drought are a part of living in California and the City of San Bruno has always and will continue to encourage our residents to use water wisely. At this time, we ask that you voluntarily conserve water, but know that things may change depending on future state mandates. To help San Bruno customers conserve water, we offer water saving giveaways and a robust rebate water saving program.
Water customers are required to:
- Restrict or prohibit runoff from landscape irrigation Limit landscape irrigation to specific times/days
- No irrigation between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Irrigation schedule:
- Odd addresses: Monday & Thursday
- Even addresses: Tuesday & Friday
- Non-numerical addresses: Monday & Thursday
- 15-minute irrigation limit
- No irrigation 48-hours following rain event
- Repair leaks & breaks within 10 days
- Require automatic hose shut-off devices
- Prohibit potable water use for washing hard surfaces
- Prohibit potable water use for ornamental turf (commercial sites)
Emergency Regulations Documents:
- California State Water Board Media Release: "State Water Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation, Regulation to Boost Water Savings Starting in June" (May 24, 2022)
- Frequently Asked Questions (February 28, 2022)
- Preguntas Frecuentes (February 28, 2022)
- Press Release: State Water Board adopts emergency water use regulations to boost drought resilience (January 4, 2022)
- Resolution with Adopted Text of Emergency Regulation (adopted January 4, 2022)
- City of San Bruno 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (November 2021)
- Proclamation of a State of Emergency (October 19, 2021)