Water Conservation

Water Use in New Development​
State regulations already require new development to use water efficiently. Core requirements include water-efficient indoor fixtures and landscapes that use significantly less water than traditional landscapes. 

To ensure that new developments become even more water efficient, City staff have been working with staff from other cities, Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley in the development of a model new development ordinance. 

The preliminary work on this model ordinance is now complete and the administrative draft is now being shared with other groups for their input and consideration. If you have comments or questions about the draft ordinance, feel free to e-mail Anthony Eulo.

Watering Restricted to three days per week Effective April 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017.

While the record winter rains have washed away this drought, we know that drought in California can always be just one dry winter away and that water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill. With this in mind, a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Condition remains in effect and irrigation remains limited to a maximum of three days per week from April 1 - October 31.

Currently and through October 31, 2017 irrigation is limited to three days a week as follows:
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses and properties with no address
  • Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
  • No watering on Wednesdays
  • Watering is permitted before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per watering day per station

In addition, the following is in effect:
  • Restrictions cover all potable water in the Morgan Hill City limits, including water from private wells.
  • Pool filling restrictions have been lifted.
  • The washing of vehicles is allowed with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device.

Level 1 restrictions are as follows:

  1. Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October as follows:
    • Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses and properties with no address
    • Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
    • Watering limitations decrease to 1 day a week beginning in November. 
  2. Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions: All leaks, breaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the city unless other arrangements are made with the city.
  3. No Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces: Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards. Washing down structures, fences, and hard surfaces expressly for the purposes of preparing a surface for the application of a surface coating is not prohibited provided it does not occur more than one time in any twelve (12) month period.
In addition, other water conservation provisions are always in effect in Morgan Hill. To conserve the most water in this time of drought, please review and implement them now. 

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage. If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-776-7333.


Conserving water is always an important aspect of environmental protection and one that can pay off immediately to you in the form of reducing your water bill.

Morgan Hill residents interested in conserving water can receive the following items at no charge:
  • Water Wise Garden Information Packet - Save money by following the information in this packet and designing a water wise landscape. Plant selection, drip irrigation guidelines, and lawn watering information are included.
  • Water Saving Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators - Save water while cleaning up by installing these low-flow water appliances.
  • Do-It-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey Kit

To receive any or all of these items, please send an email telling us what you want. You may also mail us a note at:

City of Morgan Hill
Environmental Services Division
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Be sure to include your name and address.

Water Wise Survey Program

This two-part program will help you save water indoors and out. Sign up for one or both!
  • Water Wise Outdoor Survey: Offered to single family and small multi-family sites (under 1/2 acre). A trained irrigation professional will evaluate the irrigation system, flagging issues onsite, adjusting the irrigation controller and creating a custom report detailing the survey findings.
  • Do-It-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey: Customers may request a Do-it-Yourself kit to evaluate indoor water use that includes a flow rate bag for testing shower and sink flow rates and dye tablets to test toilets for leaks. Included in the kit will be a step-by-step guide to evaluating your own water use, including:
    • Meter leak test
    • Toilet leak test
    • Sink/Shower flow rates
    • General indoor leak information
    • Booklet that includes space to record your results and a form to fill out to request free conservation items, such as a toilet flapper or low flow showerhead/sink aerator. 

To schedule a survey or request a DIY kit, please call (408) 630-2554 or visit the SCVWD website.

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