Water Conservation and Drought Regulations



Due to improved state wide water conditions the State Water Resources Control Board issued new Emergency Regulations in May allowing water agencies to self-certify their own water supply. The new Emergency Regulations will remain in effect through January 2017.

JCSD was able to certify a drought resilient long-term water supply due to past investments and the increased efficiency of customers. On August 8, 2016, the JCSD Board of Directors approved Resolution 2709 declaring a Level 2 (Drought Caution) of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP). 

JCSD customers must continue to follow mandatory, year round water-use efficiency best practices, including:

  • Watering only between 8 p.m. -  8 a.m. for no more than 10 minutes per day per station
  • Watering no more than 4 days per week
  • No run-off
  • No watering during and after rain
  • Repair all leaks
  • Use shut-off nozzles to wash a vehicle
  • No hosing down of hard surfaces including drveways, sidewalks, gutters, etc.
  • Operating decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
  • Restaurants or public places where food is served are not allowed to serve drinking water to a customer unless requested

Report Water Waste

In order for JCSD to take action on a water waste report, a photo or video that clearly shows the water waste and the source of the violation must be submitted.  For example, providing a photo of water in a street gutter that does not identify which property the waste is coming from would not be sufficient for issuing a notice of violation.

Violations and Fines

JCSD will make every reasonable effort to contact customers regarding water use violations in an effort to gain compliance.  Before penalties are issued, JCSD will utilize several methods including, but not limited to, personal contact, door hanger, letter, e-mail, or by phone to notify customers of any violation.  

Fines are listed in the Water Shortage Contingency Plan under Article 10 Violations and Penalties.

Water suppliers that are found to be out of compliance by the State Water Resources Control Board are subject to various disciplinary actions including fines.

Can I be Fined for Having a Brown Lawn?

Many counties, cities, and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have longstanding rules that help protect the visual appeal and property values of their neighborhoods.  These regulations may include barring properties from having brown lawns and issuing fines to violators.  As California endures its fourth year of drought, during the summer Governor Jerry Brown signed into legislation two separate laws that prohibit local agencies and HOAs from fining homeowners who have brown lawns when the Governor or local agency declares a state of emergency due to a drought.  Section 7735(c) of the California Civil Code prohibits HOAs from fining property owners for having brown lawns, while Section 53807.7 of the California Government Code prohibits local agencies from doing the same.

While both of these laws protect homeowners who have brown lawns during the drought, they do not prohibit local agencies and HOAs from issuing citations to those who do not maintain their landscape.  For specific regulations regarding the maintenance of landscapes, review the regulations that govern your city or HOA, if applicable. 


If you have any questions regarding drought regulations or water conservation programs, please call the Conservation Hotline at (951) 727-3521.