Water Waste Restrictions

The following uses of potable water are prohibited under the City of Milpitas Municipal Code: Chapter 6

Summary of Restricted Water Uses

The following uses of potable water prohibited under Title VIII Ch. 6 – Section 3 Water Conservation Ordinance:

  • Use that results in flooding or runoff in gutters, waterways, patios, sidewalks, driveways, or streets
  • Use without a shutoff nozzle on the outlet end of a hose
    • Washing cars, buses, boats, aircraft, trailers or other vehicles or mobile equipment;
    • Watering outside plants, lawn, landscape, and turf areas.
  • Except upon the request of a customer, service of water by any establishment including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
  • Using broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering or irrigation systems
  • Using water in new, added or altered commercial car wash equipment unless a recirculated water system is incorporated.
  • Using water in new, added or altered cooling system equipment unless at least fifty percent (50%) of the water is recycled.
  • The watering or irrigation of any plants, lawn, grass, landscaping or turf areas except between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., and for no more than four (4) days during any seven (7)-day period.
    • Outdoor Watering Schedule
      Odd Addresses: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
      Even Addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
      Without Street Number: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
  • Use of potable water for hosing of sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes.
  • Construction purposes including dust control and compaction
  • Cleaning, filling, or operating water features, such as decorative fountains, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • The application of potable water to irrigate outdoor plants, lawn, grass, landscaping, or turf areas during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • On street medians containing ornamental turf.
  • Pools and spas shall be covered when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Use of potable water for outdoor irrigation in newly constructed homes and buildings, except with drip or microspray irrigation systems.

Note: Exceptions to Section 3 may be granted to address immediate health and safety needs.

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