Water Conservation



Water Conservation: It's for Life

Winter rain has arrived! Take advantage of the free water from Mother Nature by making sure your automatic irrigation controllers are turned off. During periods of dry winter weather, remember that outdoor landscapes don't need as much water as they did in the summer time. Changing your irrigation controller settings with the change in season is a great way to reduce unnecessary water use. Just use the percent adjustment feature on your controller. Need additional help? Download our Recommended Year-Round Watering Schedule for more information.


  • Limit outdoor watering to no more than 1 day per week when it's not raining, October 1 through March 31
  • Turn off the controller when rain is expected and keep it off for 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Potable water shall not be used for hose or power washing of driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscapes       
  • Eliminate water runoff from irrigation by shortening watering time and adding multiple watering cycles
  • Only water landscaping after 6 p.m. and before 9 a.m. to reduce water loss from wind and evaporation
  • Wash cars, trucks, etc., only with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle - and remember - no water may enter the storm drain system (this includes the gutter)
  • CHECK FOR & FIX ALL leaks in and around your home and/or business regularly; these include leaky toilets, faucets, showers, sprinklers, and valves     
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, or dishwashing by hand
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Install water-efficient devices, such as faucet aerators and showerheads
  • Take shorter showers. Reducing your showering time by 5 minutes can save up to 12.5 gallons of water!
  • Keep your pool covered when it's not in use - this will significantly reduce water loss from evaporation

Helpful Water Conservation Resources

Current required Water Conservation Measures

City of Pleasanton's Water Shortage Ordinance PMC 9.30

California Save Our Water Website

Want more help reducing your water use? Check out our Water Conservation Rebates and Services, and call the City of Pleasanton Water Conservation Program: 925-931-5531.

Rescape California is a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping that works in harmony with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Bay-Friendly practices foster soil health, conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution.

Visit Lose Your Lawn for one-stop information about local resources for losing your lawn. The webiste has step-by-step videos demonstrating how to use the technique of sheet mulching to cover up your existing lawn with cardboard and mulch, and how to convert an existing sprinkler system to drip irrigation.


The Alameda County Master Gardeners are a group of trained volunteers that help residents of Alameda County learn about gardening. They offer a wealth of information from outstanding plants for Alameda County, safe plant pest management, demonstration gardens, and more.



On April 7, 2017 Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, terminating the California drought emergency in most parts of California. Subsequently, upon confirmation of anticipated adequate water supply conditions for 2017, the Pleasanton City Council affirmed the reclassification of Pleasanton's water supply level to Adequate Supply under the City's Water Management Plan. Mandatory conservation measures remain in effect to prevent water waste, as specified within the State's Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life Plan.