Watering Restrictions


Making Conservation a way of life in Redlands.

The Bunker Hill Basin is the City’s primary groundwater source accounting for nearly 50% of all water served. While water storage in this basin has fluctuated in past years, the last 5 years of drought has shown the most significant impact, and is currently at the second lowest level recorded to fill the basin. We would need several winters like the one we just had to bring our storage levels back to pre-drought levels. About 75% of water in Redlands is used outdoors on landscaping. Please help to ensure we have a sustainable groundwater supply by adhering to watering restrictions.


Engineering Investigation of the Bunker Hill Basin 2016-2017
Engineering Investigation Bunker Hill Basin Figures

Irrigation is allowed only on assigned irrigation days

  • Even Addresses: Monday, Thursday, Saturday only
  • Odd Addresses: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday only
  • All Addresses: No watering on Wednesdays


  • Handheld hose use with an automatic shut off nozzle
  • Drip irrigation systems

No watering is permitted between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Failure to prevent excessive runoff from irrigation activities is prohibited.


  • Handheld hose use with automatic shut off nozzle, faucet-filled buckets containing five gallons or less and drip irrigation systems.
  • Commercial nurseries, commercial farmers, and grove settings requiring twenty-four (24) hour irrigation cycles are exempt, but shall curtail all nonessential water use.

Outdoor landscapes may not be irrigated during and within 48 hours after rainfall.

Controllable leaks must be repaired immediately.

Using water to wash driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, patios, tennis courts and other paved areas is prohibited.

The washing of automobiles and other mobile equipment is allowed only on designated irrigation days and is prohibited between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Washing will be done with a handheld bucket or a handheld hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.


  • Commercial car washes or service stations with wash water-recycling facilities.
  • Garbage trucks and vehicles to transport food and perishables, if the public health or safety requires frequent vehicle cleaning.

Refilling or adding of water to swimming/wading pools or spas is allowed only on designated irrigation days and prohibited between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The use of potable water in fountains or water features is prohibited unless the water is re-circulated.

Restaurants shall only serve water to customers upon specific customer request.

Use of water from fire hydrants is limited to firefighting and other activities necessary to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Redlands.

Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom.

NOTE: Hillside Memorial Cemetery, Redlands Country Club, Sports Park, Texonia Park, University of Redlands and some customers on the northwest side of the I-10 freeway are connected to the non-potable water system for irrigation needs.
Additionally, irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.

Redlands Municipal Code; Chapter 13.06-Water Conservation Plan (Updated: 7/2016)

Are there exclusions from the restrictions?

Yes. Irrigation is permitted at any time if non-potable water is used on golf courses.
Note: Redlands Country Club is connected to the non-potable water system for irrigation.

To ensure compliance, the plan has a three-stage violation process:

  • Notice of non-compliance
  • Warning of penalties
  • Imposition of penalties

Violation #3 will result in the issuance of a surcharge. The Plan states a surcharge of 25% of the customers commodity charge will be imposed on the customer’s next regular water bill. If water customers continue to waste water, a flow-restricting device may be installed at the meter by the city pursuant to California Water Code section 375. Further noncompliance could result in termination of service to the premise involved, pursuant to California Water Code section 35423.

It is important to note that the City has had no issue meeting the demands of its customers and is fully able to satisfy the demands of its customers throughout the next year. However, the State prohibits water waste. Additionally, compliance with restrictions will assist in the City’s self imposed goal of reducing water consumption by 15% as compared to 2013 to improve the condition its groundwater basin. It is NOT the city’s intent to penalize people for overuse of water, but rather, educate them on efficient irrigation and suitable landscape for Redlands’ arid climate. Free water use analysis’ as well as incentives for water efficient products/conversions are available that allow customers to achieve water savings in ways that are specific to their needs.

How can I report water waste?