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.

Why Conserve?

Why do we need to conserve water?

If you have lived in California for any length of time, you know droughts come and go. When droughts come, we all cut back on our water use. When droughts go, it’s easy to fall back into our water-wasting ways. But we can’t afford to do that this time around, and here’s why.

Growing Population

We have the same amount of water today as we did centuries ago, and yet, the state’s population continues to grow.

Delta in Trouble

Nearly two-thirds of Californians receive water transported through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and it’s in trouble. The network of waterways and levees that make up the Delta need significant investment, and even then, too little water flowing through the Delta could hurt sensitive ecosystems. Here in Hollister, approximately 60% of the urban water supply originates from this system.

Groundwater Sustainability

Groundwater is an important local resource. We need to reduce our use to ensure we don’t harm underground aquifers. Our groundwater basin also gets us through times of drought when there is little imported water. The Hollister Urban Area derives approximately 40% of its water supply from this resource.

Conservation isn’t difficult, but it is essential

The main thing to remember is to be efficient with your water use and don’t let any go to waste. The Water Resources Association of San Benito County has several programs and services to assist you with conserving this precious resource.