Water Conservation

Effective June 26, 2021
Drought Conditions Force Water Restrictions

At the June 16, 2021, City Council Meeting, the City of Morgan Hill declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage effective immediately. The declaration comes on the heels of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board’s announcing a water shortage emergency impacting the entire county.

Typical lawn and garden bed sprinkler irrigation is now limited to: 

  • Mondays and Thursdays for ODD numbered addresses, properties with no address
  • Tuesdays and Fridays for EVEN numbered addresses
  • Irrigation shall only be scheduled before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Prevent runoff in any watering cycle
  • Each valve or zone shall run for a maximum of 15 minutes in any one day

For businesses, limits now exist on automatically serving water at restaurants, hotels offering guests the option to decline daily linen service, and construction sites using non-potable water for most site activities.

The City of Morgan Hill has a long history in ensuring that water is used efficiently. To see the current water use rules and regulations, go to our Rules and Regulations page or read the complete Water Waste Ordinance No. 2236 (PDF). To report any water waste that you may observe, use this form.

Population Growth During a Drought

We have received many comments from residents concerned about community growth occurring during the current drought. While thinking about growth during a water shortage is common, the connection between growth and water use is weaker than one might expect. Incredibly, our entire County uses about the same amount of water now as it did 30 years ago. Learn more here.

 

If you have any additional questions, send us an email or give us a call at 408-310-4169.

Valley Water’s Water Wise Survey Program
This two-part program will help you save water indoors and out. Sign up for one or both!

  • Water Wise Outdoor Survey: Offered to single-family and small multi-family sites (under 1/2 acre). A trained irrigation professional will evaluate the irrigation system, flagging issues onsite, adjusting the irrigation controller, and creating a custom report detailing the survey findings.
  • Do-It-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey: Customers may request a Do-it-Yourself kit to evaluate indoor water use, including a flow rate bag for testing shower and sink flow rates and dye tablets to test toilets for leaks. Included in the kit will be a step-by-step guide to evaluating your own water use, including:
    • Meter leak test
    • Toilet leak test
    • Sink/Shower flow rates
    • General indoor leak information
    • Booklet that includes space to record your results and a form to fill out to request free conservation items, such as a toilet flapper or low flow showerhead/sink aerator. 

To schedule a survey or request a DIY Kit, please call (408) 630-2554 or visit the Valley Water website.

Water Conserving Landscape Ideas

Are you looking to upgrade your landscape to one that uses less water? The City has created several attractive and water-conserving public gardens that you may visit for ideas for your own garden. Learn more.

Valley Water’s Landscape Rebate Program

To help with your landscape conversion, Valley Water’s Landscape Rebate Program is available to all Santa Clara County homeowners, apartments, and commercial sites that make qualifying water-efficient upgrades to their landscape. Since Morgan Hill is a cost-sharing area, rebates of up to $3,000 for residential sites and $60,000 for commercial/multi-family sites (5 or more units) are available. This program is designed to encourage residents and businesses to convert approved high water use landscape, such as lawns and pools, to low water use landscape and retrofit existing irrigation equipment with approved high-efficiency irrigation equipment. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an online application for approval before beginning any work on their project. Visit Valley Water’s website for complete details.

Free Resources

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 from Valley Water at no charge: 

Visit cloud.valleywater.org/shopping-cart to see all available items and to order your free gear or literature, at your convenience.

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