Water Waste Prohibitions
While the Drought State of Emergency has ended in most of California, the State Water Board continues to enforce some of the conservation regulations to address urban water use. Five water-wasting actions are prohibited for end-users statewide and these prohibitions may be made permanent later in 2017. Information cards for these basic prohibitions are available in English or Spanish. Two other restrictions apply only to the hospitality industry. Violations are subject to fines of up to $500.
Irrigating during rain or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall
SOLUTIONS: Turn off automatic controller when rain is forecast; Equip your controller with a rain sensor.
Overwatering lawns or landscapes such that excessive runoff flows onto adjacent property, walkways, roadways, or parking lots
SOLUTIONS: Redirect poorly aimed sprinklers; Repair broken sprinkler heads; Reduce pop-up sprinkler run times to 5 minutes or less and use multiple start times with 1-hour soak in between (cycle/soak method); Replace conventional spray nozzles with rotating stream nozzles.
Using water to wash driveways or sidewalks, unless necessary to address an immediate health and safety need
SOLUTION: Use a broom!
Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless hose is equipped with a shutoff nozzle
SOLUTION: The City of Napa provides free shutoff nozzles to water customers!
Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
SOLUTIONS: Install a recirculating system; or Turn off the water feature.
HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES are subject to the following additional restrictions:
- Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve drinking water to customers on request.
- Hotels/Motels must provide guests the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
The City of Napa Water Division is enforcing these mandatory restrictions. Customers are urged to avoid all wasteful activities listed above. Violators will be subject to warning and opportunity to correct the violation. Repeat violators will be subject to escalating penalties on their water bill of $100, $200, or $500.
NOTE: The waste prohibitions apply to potable drinking water served by the City of Napa water system. Prohibitions do not apply to recycled (purple pipe) water supplied by the Napa Sanitation District.