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Mandatory Water Conservation Measures
On June 10, 2022, new statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board went into effect. The new regulation prohibits watering of non-functional turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties and requires urban water suppliers to implement Stage 2 of their Water Shortage Plan. In accordance with the new state mandate, the Hesperia City Council and Hesperia Water District adopted Joint Resolution Nos. 2022-46 and 2022-10, enacting Hesperia Municipal Code 14.04.170 Water Conservation Emergency Plan, Stage 2 and prohibiting irrigation of non-functional turf for commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.
Hesperia Water District Customers are prohibited from unreasonably or wastefully using water, and water conservation practices are mandatory. Customers are required to adhere to Joint Resolution Nos. 2022-46 and 2022-10 and Stage 2 Water Conservation measures (HMC 14.04.170), including the following mandatory water restrictions:
- Water used for irrigation shall not cause unreasonable or excessive waste of water and landscape watering shall not cause runoff onto adjacent properties, roadsides, or gutters
- Cars, trucks, and other vehicles shall only be washed with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle, or at a commercial facility
- The use of water to clean impervious surfaces (e.g., driveways, sidewalks, parking lots) is prohibited. Use sweeping or other methods
- Trees are to be watered to meet their needs, but overwatering should be avoided
- Commercial, industrial, and institutional decorative grass should not be watered
- All residential, public, and recreational swimming pools shall use evaporation resistant covers and shall recirculate water
- Parks, golf courses, and school grounds shall be irrigated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Additionally, turf areas in excess of 1,000 square feet are required to use soil moisture sensors and rain shut-off valves
- Commercial, industrial, and institutional equipment that uses water must be properly maintained and in full working order to eliminate wasteful uses of water
In addition to mandatory water conservation measures, Hesperia Water District customers are encouraged to practice the additional water conservation techniques outlined in Hesperia Municipal Code 14.04.170:
- Fix leaks or faulty sprinklers promptly
- Decorative water features (water fountains, etc.) should recirculate water and be leak proof
- Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to reduce evaporation
- Do not water landscape during rain events
- Equip all hoses with a shut-off nozzle while using water for any purpose
- Wash only full loads when washing dishes or clothes
- Restaurants - serve water to patrons upon request
- Hotels and motels - encourage guests to conserve water and limit hotel watering of linens and towels
View the full Municipal Code sections here: HMC Section 14.04.160 - Unreasonable and Wasteful Use of Water and HMC Section 14.04.170 - Water Conservation and Water Shortage Plan.
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).
Report Water Waste and Leaks on Hesperia's App
You can report water leaks and water waste, with location and photos, right from the City of Hesperia's App. You can also use the app to pay your water bill.
Download the app from the App Store and Google Play.
How Many Gallons of H2O Can You Save?
Saving Around the House
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
Saving Around the Yard
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
Installing water-efficient toilets, showerheads, faucets, sprinklers, and irrigation controllers is another way to save water.
Look for the WaterSense label on high-efficiency products.
Water Wise Landscape
Learn more about saving water through efficient landscape practices by visiting the City's Water Wise Landscape page.
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.
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.
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.