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Posted on: July 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Summer Water Use

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Watering Restrictions Not Required This Summer. The following minimum conservation measures for smart water use are always in effect...

PASO ROBLES, CA – The recent wet winter has brought copious amounts of rain to California.  The record rainfall has had a positive impact on reservoirs and groundwater basins.  The Sierra snowpack is still melting, causing rivers to flow at levels not seen in decades. In response, the State has not extended statewide requirements to implement Level 2 Water Demand Management measures.  The City of Paso Robles does not project any supply shortfalls, therefore, does not anticipate instituting additional watering restrictions this summer beyond the City’s minimum conservation requirements, which are always in effect.  Water customers will be able to water on the days and times of their choosing. However, State requirements prohibiting irrigation of non-functional turf at non-residential sites are still in place.

We all know that water is a precious resource, and water conservation is a smart choice. While the City has ample water supplies, even during the drought, the following minimum conservation measures for smart water use are always in effect: 

  • Watering in a manner that causes or allows excessive water flow or runoff is not allowed.
  • Washing down paved surfaces is not allowed except to address health and safety issues, or when a high-pressure, low-volume washer is used.
  • Vehicle washing is allowed with a bucket and hose shutoff nozzle.
  • Water leaks must be repaired within seven days of notification by the City or discovery.
  • Overfilling of pools and spas which results in water waste is not allowed.
  • Commercial lodging establishments must provide guests with option to decline daily linen service.
  • Water fountains and decorative water features must recirculate the water. 

More information about water conservation can be found at This web page contains helpful information about water usage, top ways to reduce water usage indoor and outdoors, and water wise landscaping tips.    

About the Organization: The Utilities Department manages and delivers critical water, sewer, solid waste, and recycled water services to the Citizens of Paso Robles.  For more information about your Utilities Department services, visit 

David Athey
Water Resources Manager


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