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See Riverside's current water restrictions.



​Last year, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) called on cities to fight the worst drought in California history by conserving water. In response, Riverside Public Utilities water customers reduced usage by nearly 4.4 billion gallons - enough to fill more than 6,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

But recently, the SWRCB eased watering restrictions and asked each City to develop its own conservation level.

Visit the newsroom for the latest drought news.

Customers may now water at any time.

At RPU, we’ve moved from Stage 3 watering restrictions to a modified version of our original Stage 1 restrictions. Here's what that means for you:​

  • RPU customers can feel free to water as they wish, but as always, please consider conservation.
  • Customers may water anytime of the day or night, with no restricted hours.

While some water use restrictions are easing, others have become state law. These wasteful activities are now prohibited across California and would be considered unreasonable uses of water:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes with drinking water
  • Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature
  • Watering lawns in a manner that that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians
  • Irrigating within 48 hours of rainfall
  • Substantial irrigation runoff


  • Restaurants should provide water only upon request, while hotels and motels are asked to provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Recirculating water systems should be installed in all new commercial car washes and laundries.
  • Irrigation of new buildings must be consistent with regulations.

If you see water waste happening in Riverside, please call 311 to report the activity.​

As Always, Riverside Public Utilities offers a variety of rebates to help with water and energy conservation, which can be found on RiversidePublicUtilities.com.​