Mandatory Water Restrictions
are Currently In Effect

Pismo Beach Mandates and Restrictions

An emergency regulation to increase conservation practices for all Californians became effective in July 2014. Since then, the City of Pismo Beach declared a “Critically Restricted Water Supply” with regulations on irrigation, outdoor water use, and potable water use for construction. Additional mandates were put in place by the Governor and began on April 1. Please do your part to help with the conservation effort during this severe drought.

Watering Schedules:

  • All Landscape irrigation shall be limited to no more than three assigned days per week. All customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping. Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10am-4pm.
  • Even-Numbered Addresses - Mondays & Thursdays
  • Odd-Numbered Addresses - Tuesdays & Fridays

Ongoing Requirements

  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Use of water which results in excessive gutter runoff is prohibited.
  • No water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, except where necessary to protect the public health and safety.
  • Outdoor water use for washing vehicles, boats, buildings or similar uses shall be attended and have hand-controlled watering devices typically including spring-loaded shutoff nozzles.
  • Restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer.
  • Use of potable water for construction activities, such as dust control and compaction purposes, is prohibited. Other potable water use during construction may restricted at the discretion of the City Engineer.
  • Use of potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is prohibited.
  • The use of outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation is prohibited.
  • Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

On August 18, 2015 the City Council adopted the following mandates. These are in addition to those that are already in effect:

Waterless Urinals in New and Existing Construction
All urinals installed in a new building, new additional restroom within an existing building or replacement of an existing urinal shall be a waterless urinal. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer under the following conditions:

  • The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to an incompatibility with the exiting pluming system. If the cost to replace or remediate such incompatibility is 25 (twenty-five) percent or less of the permitted construction costs, an exemption shall not be granted.
  • When installing a waterless urinal in an existing building, the installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to the requirement of additional retrofits which may be required for the restroom or stall to remain compliant with other codes, such as the California Building Code.
  • Other unforeseen circumstances where the financial burden or other unforeseen burden outweighs the water savings generated by the waterless urinal.
  • The installation of a waterless urinal would cause a threat to public health and safety.

Waterless Urinal Retrofits
All existing urinals within the City shall be retrofitted to waterless urinals before February 14, 2016. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer under the following conditions:

  • The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to an incompatibility with the existing plumbing system.
  • The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to the requirement of additional retrofits which may be required for the restroom or stall to remain compliant with other codes, such as the California Building Code.
  • Other unforeseen circumstances where the financial burden or other unforeseen burden outweighs the water savings generated by the waterless urinal.
  • The installation of a waterless urinal would cause a threat to public health and safety.
  • Low-flow urinals using one-half (1/2) gallon of water or less per flush and installed before July 21, 2015.

Faucet Aerators
All restroom faucets in all publicly accessible restrooms, including those in hotel rooms, lobbies and restrooms, restaurants, schools, commercial and retail buildings, public buildings and similar publicly accessible restrooms shall be retrofitted to install aerators that emit no more than 0.5 (one-half) gallon per minute before October 17, 2015. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer in the following cases:

  • When such a retrofit would cause an undue burden due to design of the faucet.
  • In cases to protect public health and safety.

Beginning with the effective date of this ordinance, all restroom faucets in new residential construction shall be fitted with aerators that emit no more than 0.5 (one-half) gallon per minute. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer in cases to protect public health and safety.

Sub-Meters in New Construction
All new multi-unit buildings, regardless of proposed use, shall be required to have a separate sub-meter capable of measuring the water use of every usable unit, separate common space and landscaping that is expected to use at least 25 gallons of water per day on average over the course of a year, regardless of the overall size of the building. Buildings that have a separate water meter for each unit are exempt.

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