At the June 16, 2021, City Council Meeting, the City of Morgan Hill declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage effective immediately. The declaration comes on the heels of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board’s announcing a water shortage emergency impacting the entire county.
There are multiple components to the new water restrictions, but significant changes include limiting lawn watering hours, duration and days, and limits on washing vehicles or paved areas.
Typical lawn and garden bed sprinkler irrigation is now limited to:
Mondays and Thursdays for ODD numbered addresses and properties with no address
Tuesdays and Fridays for EVEN numbered addresses
Irrigation shall only be scheduled before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
Prevent runoff in any watering cycle
Each valve or zone shall run for a maximum of 15 minutes in any one day
For businesses, limits remain in place regarding automatically serving water at restaurants, hotels offering guests the option to decline daily linen service, and construction sites using non-potable water for most site activities.
To support our water conservation efforts, the City’s Water Waste Ordinance (PDF) includes the following rules and regulations that are in effect at all times and apply to any person in the use of any potable water in the City with the following exceptions:
Uses of water necessary to protect public health and safety or for essential government services, such as police, fire and other similar emergency services.
The use of recycled water (limits on watering hours still apply).
The use of water by commercial nurseries and commercial growers to sustain plants, trees, shrubs, crops or other vegetation intended for commercial sale, to the use of water in a community garden providing garden plots to the public, or to home fruit and vegetable gardens less than 200 square feet.
Violations of this ordinance are against the law and may be reported online, or you may call the Water Waste Hotline at 408-310-4195.