Rebates & Water Restrictions

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In January 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency in California due to severe drought conditions. Water agencies throughout the State of California were mandated to conserve water. The Utilities Department, like many other water agencies, has been subject to various Executive Orders issued by Governor Brown and the Emergency Regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board, and continues to monitor new restrictions imposed by the State.


Restrictions in Effect in Santa Maria

  • No outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
  • No runoff when irrigating with potable water;
  • No use of hoses without a shut-off nozzle to wash motor vehicles;
  • No use of potable water on driveways or sidewalks; and
  • No use of potable water in a non-recirculating, decorative water feature.
  • No application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  • No irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians; and
  • All irrigation using potable water outside newly constructed homes or buildings must be in accordance with emergency regulations or other requirements established by the Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.


The City of Santa Maria does not have the ability to provide rebates to its customers. However, there may be rebate programs available through the County of Santa Barbara. To determine rebate availability and eligibility, visit:


County of Santa Barbara

Water Wise Santa Barbara


Hotline & Information

Email or call the Water Conservation Hotline at (805) 925-0951 ext. 2802 to report water misuse or suspected leaks, to request more information, or to schedule a complimentary home water conservation visit.

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