Water Conservation

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

*New* Water Conservation Emergency Regulation

On June 15, 2022, the State Water Board adopted a new water conservation emergency regulation to ensure more aggressive water conservation across the state. Details are as follows:

Who: The new regulation applies to commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, including homeowners’ associations (HOAs).

What: The regulation requires that owners and managers of commercial, industrial, institutional properties, and HOAs immediately cease using potable water for irrigating non-functional turf. The regulation defines non-functional turf as a ground cover surface of mowed grass that is solely ornamental and not otherwise used for human recreation purposes. All water provided by the City of Morgan Hill and all well water in the Morgan Hill area is potable water.

The regulation does not apply to the following: Residences within an HOA, school fields, sports fields, areas regularly used for civic or community events, and water used to maintain trees. 

When: The new regulation was approved on June 10th and is effective immediately. The regulation will remain in effect for one year unless the State Water Board modifies it, readopts it, or ends it before then. A fine of $500 per day has been set by the State for violations of the regulation.

For more details regarding the regulation and related programs visit the links below.

Effective March 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022 

Watering is Restricted to Two Days a Week

The City of Morgan Hill is currently in a Level 4 Water Supply Shortage.

During Level 4, a 31-40 percent consumer demand reduction is necessary to make more efficient use of water and appropriately respond to existing water conditions.

Typical lawn and garden bed sprinkler irrigation is now limited to:

  • From March 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022, watering is restricted to two days per week. Those days are:
    • 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

Also, car washing is prohibited except at a commercial car washing facility that utilizes a recirculating water system to capture or reuse water. the use of potable water to clean the windshield, windows or mirrors of a vehicle by use of a hand-held bucket is not prohibited.

For businesses, limits now exist on 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. 

The City of Morgan Hill has a long history of leadership in ensuring that water is used efficiently. To see the current rules and regulations, see our Rules and Regulations (PDF) or read the complete Water Waste Ordinance No. 2333 (PDF). The City has a form to report any water waste.

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to help you better understand these restrictions. If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-310-4169.

Population Growth During a Drought

We have received many comments from residents concerned about community growth occurring during the current drought. While thinking about growth during a water shortage is common, the connection between growth and water use is weaker than one might expect. Incredibly, our entire County uses about the same amount of water now as it did 30 years ago.

If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-310-4169.

Valley Water

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, including a flow rate bag for testing shower and sink low 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 Valley Water website.

Valley Water’s Landscape Rebate Program

To help with your landscape conversion, Valley Water’s Landscape Rebate Program is available to all Santa Clara County homeowners, apartments, and commercial sites that make qualifying water-efficient upgrades to their landscape. Since Morgan Hill is a cost-sharing area, rebates of up to $3,000 for residential sites and $60,000 for commercial/multi-family sites (5 or more units) are available. This program is designed to encourage residents and businesses to convert approved high water use landscape, such as lawns and pools, to low water use landscape and retrofit existing irrigation equipment with approved high-efficiency irrigation equipment. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an online application for approval before beginning any work on their project. Visit Valley Water’s website for complete details.

Additional Valley Water Information

Valley Water Store

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 various items from Valley Water at no charge. Visit Valley Water's store to see all available items and order your free gear or literature. 

Water Conserving Landscape Ideas

Are you looking to upgrade your landscape to one that uses less water? The City has created several attractive and water-conserving public gardens that you may visit for ideas for your own garden. Learn more about "Demonstration Gardens".

Watch this short video to learn where Morgan Hill's water comes from, how it is used, and how you can use it more efficiently.