Water Conservation

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

Due to State of CA Drought Restrictions, customers of the Hesperia Water District are advised that water conservation practices are mandatory. City of Hesperia Water District customers are prohibited from unreasonably or wastefully using water and customers are required to adhere to Stage 2 Water Conservation measures (HMC 14.04.170), including the following mandatory practices:

  • The use of water to clean driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, or other impervious surfaces is prohibited 
  • Vehicle washing is only permitted with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle 
  • Irrigation of landscaping shall not exceed the amount required to provide reasonable irrigation and shall not cause excessive waste of water
  • Pools shall use evaporation resistant covers and shall recirculate water

In addition to mandatory conservation measures, customers are encouraged to practice additional water conservation techniques outlined in HMC 14.04.170.

Penalties for Unreasonable or Wasteful Use of Water

Penalties for failing to immediately correct the unreasonable or wasteful use of water include fines, disconnection of service, and/or prosecution (HMC 14.04.160). Visit www.cityofhesperia.us/savewater for more information on water conservation.

Keep reading for additional water conservation techniques that you can implement at home to help save water in our community and save money on your water bill.

Conserve Indoors

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Conserving water indoors can be one of the easiest ways to help save water and there are many ways you can increase water conservation efforts inside your home. Here are just a few:

  • Fix leaking toilets and faucets - save up to 110 gallons each month
  • Take shorter (5 minute) showers and install water-efficient showerheads - save up to 12.5 gallons per shower
  • Shut off water while brushing teeth, washing hair, and shaving - save up to 10 gallons per person per day
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads - save 5-15 gallons per dishwasher load & 15-45 gallons per washing machine load
  • Fill bathtub halfway or less - save up to 12 gallons per bath
  • Install high-efficiency toilets - save up to 19 gallons per person per day 

Conserve Outdoors

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Conserving water outdoors has a big impact on water usage. Outdoor irrigation accounts for as much as 50% of residential water usage and much of that water is wasted by evaporation, wind, or runoff from inefficient irrigation methods. The tips below are ways to save water outside your home:

  • Recycle indoor water to use on outdoor plants - reduce water use by up to 30% 
  • Use a broom instead of water to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks - save 8-18 gallons every minute
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on hoses or take vehicles to commercial car washes that use recycled water
  • Use drought-resistant trees & plants - save 30-60 gallons per 1000 sq. ft.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads and fix irrigation leaks - a small leak can waste about 6,300 gallons per month 
  • Irrigate landscapes more efficiently - save up to 8,800 gallons of water per year
    • Water one day less per week
    • Do not water during or immediately after it rains
    • Water during the cooler parts of the day
    • Use a weather-based irrigation controller

Water Wise Landscape

Learn more about saving water through efficient landscape practices by visiting the City's Water Wise Landscape page. 

Additional Resources

There are a number of federal, state, and local agencies committed to water awareness and conservation. Visit the websites below for additional information about water conservation.

Learn more about the State of California's actions against drought below. 

Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation AWAC Logo Opens in new window

The Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) provides a number of water conservation ideas specific to our high desert home, to help you Save Indoors and Save Outdoors.

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The City of Hesperia is proud to partner with Save Our Water in an effort to preserve our most important natural resource for future generations. Save Our Water provides tips for saving water both Around the House and Around the Yard.