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Water Shortage Plan Begins

Post Date:07/01/2022 10:49 AM

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July 1, 2022                  


Santa Maria Enacts Stage 2 of
Water Shortage Contingency Plan

The State requires all City of Santa Maria water customers reduce water use. City Council voted unanimously on June 21st to enact Stage 2 of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, following the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) emergency water conservation regulation adopted on May 24th in response to California’s ongoing drought.

In Santa Maria, Stage 2 is considered a moderate water shortage plan and involves adopting and enforcing water use restrictions to meet conservation requirements. The following actions are prohibited in the City’s water service area:

  • Using potable water on driveways or sidewalks
  • Creating runoff when irrigating with potable water
  • Using free-flowing hoses; all hoses must have a shut-off nozzle
  • Using potable water in a non-recirculating, decorative water feature
  • Irrigating outdoors from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Applying potable water to outdoor landscapes during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall

Those observing water waste can report it by emailing or by calling the City’s Water Conservation Hotline at (805) 925-0951 extension 2802.

The Water Board’s emergency water conservation regulation also bans irrigating turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, such as grass in front of or next to industrial or commercial buildings. The ban does not include watering turf that is used for recreation or other community purposes, water used at residences, or water to maintain trees.

The Utilities Department is providing notification of the turf irrigation ban to affected properties, as well as commercial landscapers and gardeners. The City is ceasing irrigation of turf around City Hall at 110 East Cook Street, and the Recreation and Parks Department is identifying additional areas to halt irrigation in compliance with the Water Board’s emergency drought regulation.

Direct mailed notices, news releases, and temporary signage will be provided to remind the community of the water restrictions in force.

More information, updates, and conservation resources are available at


Department:                            Utilities
Contact Person:                      Myra Ritchie, Water Conservation Specialist
Telephone Number:
                 (805) 925-0951 ext. 7235
E-mail Address:               


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