Water Use Rules and Regulations

Effective November 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022

At the June 16, 2021, City Council Meeting, the City of Morgan Hill declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage effective immediately. The declaration comes on the heels of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board’s announcing a water shortage emergency impacting the entire county.

There are multiple components to the new water restrictions, but significant changes include limiting lawn watering hours, duration and days, and limits on washing vehicles or paved areas. 

Typical lawn and garden bed sprinkler irrigation is now limited to: 

  • One day per week - Wednesdays only
  • Irrigation shall only be scheduled before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Prevent runoff in any watering cycle
  • Each valve or zone shall run for a maximum of 15 minutes in any one day

For businesses, limits remain in place regarding automatically serving water at restaurants, hotels offering guests the option to decline daily linen service, and construction sites using non-potable water for most site activities.

A full list of Level 2 Water Restrictions is available. If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-310-4169.

To support our water conservation efforts, the City’s Water Waste Ordinance (PDF) includes the following rules and regulations that are in effect at all times and apply to any person in the use of any potable water in the City with the following exceptions:

  • Uses of water necessary to protect public health and safety or for essential government services, such as police, fire and other similar emergency services.
  • The use of recycled water (limits on watering hours still apply).
  • The use of water by commercial nurseries and commercial growers to sustain plants, trees, shrubs, crops or other vegetation intended for commercial sale, to the use of water in a community garden providing garden plots to the public, or to home fruit and vegetable gardens less than 200 square feet.

Violations of this ordinance are against the law and may be reported online, or you may call the Water Waste Hotline at 408-310-4195.