Drought conditions!
Use water efficiently and conserve whenever possible. Call the WRASBC for a FREE leak check and irrigation assistance.

Water Conservation Guidelines Stage 1 -Voluntary

Outdoor Water Restrictions

  • Landscape watering shall be limited and restricted to no more than three (3) days per week with a duration of fifteen (15) minutes watering per water day per station.
  • No watering of landscaping between the hours of 9am and 5pm by means other than drip irrigation or hand watering with a quick acting positive shut off nozzle.
  • No washing down sidewalks, driveways, or other hardscape surfaces.
  • No watering landscape in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, or parking lots.
  • No washing of cars without the use of a quick acting, positive shutoff nozzle.
  • No operation of decorative fountains or other water features unless the water is recirculated.


  • Leaks, breaks and malfunctions of irrigation systems and plumbing equipment causing waste of water shall be repaired and corrected within a responsible amount of time.

Prohibitions Affecting Commercial Businesses

  • Restaurants and other food service establishments are requested to serve water on request.
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of chooshing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

Free Literature

A Selected List of Landscaping Books…

Some of the landscaping, native plant, and water-efficient garden books available at the San Benito County Library.

Hollister Branch

Water Conserving Landscaping

  • Waterwise Gardening (Sunset)
  • Water-Conserving Plants and Landscapes of the Bay Area (EBMUD)
  • Xeriscape Series – books and video (American Water Works)

Landscaping with Native Plants

  • The California Landscape Garden (Francis & Reiman)
  • Paradise by Design: Native Plants and the New American Landscape (Phillips)
  • Growing California Native Plants (Schmidt)

General Landscaping

  • Easy Care Landscape Plans (Roth & Co.)
  • Gardening in California, Landscape and Flower (McLaren)
  • Landscape It Yourself (Gibbs)
  • California Gardens (Dobyns)
  • Western Landscaping Book, 2000 (Sunset)
  • Western Garden Book, 2000 (Sunset)
  • Landscape Gardening (Time Life)
  • Landscaping Small Spaces (Sunset)
  • Easy-Care Gardening (Sunset)
  • Natural Gardening (Time Life)

San Juan Bautista Branch

  • Western Garden Book (Sunset)
  • Western Landscaping Book (Sunset)
  • California Landscape Garden (Francis & Reiman)
  • Gardening with a Wild Heart (Lowry)
  • Xeriscape Series – books and video
  • The Hummingbird Garden
  • Basic Landscape Design (Rossi)
  • Postage Stamp Gardening (Newcombe)

Water Conservation Department

  • Videos on water-efficient gardening are available on loan from the Water Resources Association; call (831) 637-4378 for more information.