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What are some of the current rules?
Outdoor water use is probably the easiest place to reduce water use since it accounts for roughly half of the average water bill.


  • If using a sprinkler system, residents and businesses can only water outdoors on three designated days, and only before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

    • Odd numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays;

    • Even numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays;

    • Properties without an address may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

  • If using a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a drip irrigation system, residents and businesses can water outdoors before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., without a designated day restriction. (Watering in the cooler hours of the day helps reduce evaporation and allows plants and landscape to absorb more of the water.)

  • Watering outdoors at other times is not allowed.


Full list of San José water use rules in effect

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1. Why is there a 20 percent water conservation target in San José?
2. Are the new San José drought rules mandated?
3. What are some of the current rules?
4. Why can’t I choose which watering day works best for me?
5. My water provider has different watering days than the City. Which days can I water?
6. How can homeowners determine their water consumption?
7. How will these rules be enforced?
8. How do I report water wasters?