Water Conservation

Current Status and Proclamations

On July 8th, 2021, Governor Gavin Newson issued a regional drought state of emergency for 50 of California’s 58 counties. This proclamation calls on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent with simple measures to protect water reserves if drought conditions continue and to help maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife. On July 13th, 2021, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors declared a local drought emergency. Reduced rainfall, low reservoir levels, and uncertainty of state water delivery are some of the factors that lead to this declaration.

Statewide & Local Response to Water Conservation

Below are the State mandated water conservation regulations that continue to remain in effect:


  • No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff
  • No using hoses without shut-off nozzles
  • No using water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
  • No washing of driveways & sidewalks
  • No outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following rain


  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily

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For more information regarding current water conservation efforts and restrictions please contact: (805) 781-5135