Water Conservation

​​Water Use in New Development​

State regulations already require new development to use water efficiently. Core requirements include water-efficient indoor fixtures and landscapes that use significantly less water than traditional landscapes. 

To ensure that new developments become even more water efficient, City staff have been working with staff from other cities, Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley in the development of a model new development ordinance. 

The preliminary work on this model ordinance is now complete and the administrative draft is now being shared with other groups for their input and consideration. If you have comments or questions about the draft ordinance, feel free to e-mail Anthony Eulo.

Current Morgan Hill Drought Regulations

Effective November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, the following irrigation restrictions are in effect:
  • Watering is restricted to one day a week. That day will be Wednesday.
  • Watering is permitted before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per watering day per station

In addition, the following is in effect:
  • Restrictions cover all potable water in the Morgan Hill City limits, including water from private wells.
  • Pool filling restrictions have been lifted.
  • The washing of vehicles is allowed with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device.

Other Level 1 restrictions are as follows:

  1. Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to one day per week from November 1st through March 31st as follows:
    • Watering limitations decrease to 1 day a week beginning in November.
    • That day will be Wednesday 
  2. Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions: All leaks, breaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the city unless other arrangements are made with the city.
  3. No Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces: Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards. Washing down structures, fences, and hard surfaces expressly for the purposes of preparing a surface for the application of a surface coating is not prohibited provided it does not occur more than one time in any twelve (12) month period.
In addition, other water conservation provisions are always in effect in Morgan Hill. To conserve the most water in this time of drought, please review and implement them now. 

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage. If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-776-7333.


Conserving water is always an important aspect of environmental protection and one that can pay off immediately to you in the form of reducing your water bill. 

Morgan Hill residents interested in conserving water can receive the following items at no charge: 
  • Water Wise Garden Information Packet - Save money by following the information in this packet and designing a water wise landscape. Plant selection, drip irrigation guidelines, and lawn watering information are included.
  • Water Saving Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators - Save water while cleaning up by installing these low-flow water fixtures.

To receive any or all of these items, please send an email telling us what you want. You may also mail us a note at:

City of Morgan Hill
Environmental Services Division
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Be sure to include your name and address. 

Water Wise House Call Program

The Santa Clara County Water Wise House Call program is currently on hold while it undergoes a makeover. To request a notification for when the new program is launched, call the water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554. 

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