Drought Status

Governor Issues Executive Order Addressing State Drought

With California facing serious water shortfalls statewide, Governor Brown has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions.

The Executive Order contained in Proclamation No. 1-17-2014 contains specific water conservation measures that affect all California residents. Click to view the full text of the Executive Order.

A summary of the measures includes:
  • Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other hardscapes
  • Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available
  • Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local carwashes that use recycled water
  • Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week
  • Implement water reduction plans for parks, gold courses, and institutions with large landscapes
  • Hotels and restaurants should only provide water to customers upon request


Dry Lake bed

car wash

Vallejo Drought Stage = State-Mandated Reductions Implemented

View the press release here.

Prohibitions for all urban water users in California:

· The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk

· Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures

· Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle

· Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated

Requirements for urban water suppliers:

The  State  emergency  conservation  regulation  has  also  imposed  requirements  on  urban  water suppliers such as the City of Vallejo.  To fulfill those requirements, the City Council will be considering activating water conservation measures drawn from the Citys Water Shortage Contingency Plan at its next meeting on August 26, 2014 

The measures may include:

Restriction of outdoor irrigation to no more than three days per week

· Limiting outdoor irrigation to between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on days when outdoor irrigation is allowed

· Water conservation hotline services


Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa - notice the extremely low water line

Local Ordinance Prohibits Wasteful Water Use

With the hottest summer months still to come in 2014, we would like to remind all Vallejo residents of the on-going regulations and water restrictions in force under Chapter 11.54 of the Municipal Code - Wasteful Water Use Prohibition Ordinance. As a reminder, it is unlawful to:
  • Use potable water to irrigate outdoors in any manner that results in run-off for more than 15 minutes
  • Use potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces without the use of a shutoff nozzle
  • Allow water to escape from plumbing breaks for more than 36 hours after notification
  • Wash cars, boats, trailers, aircraft, and other vehicles without the use of a shutoff nozzle
  • Operate decorative water fountains without water recirculation
  • Use potable water for construction, compaction, dust control, street sweeping, building wash down where non-potable or recycled water is available
  • Use single-pass cooling systems
  • Use non-recirculating systems in new conveyor car wash facilities