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Jan 05

State Mandates Water Restrictions in Response to Drought

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm by Clay Curtin

Responding to the current drought, a new California State mandate requires water suppliers to activate their water conservation plans.In compliance with this law, the Menlo Park City Council activated the existing Menlo Park Municipal Water District Conservation plan. This plan will only affect Menlo Park Municipal Water District customers.

Please refer to the interactive map of Water Districts in Menlo Park below if you do not know your water provider.

The new State law specifically restricts the following activities:
  • Applying potable water to any driveway or sidewalk.
  • Using potable water on outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
  • Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Using potable water in fountains or decorative water features, unless the water is recirculated.Recycled water is not mandated, but encouraged for fountain use.
NOTE: The Menlo Park Municipal District Water Conservation plan includes a 30% district-wide water reduction goal.This is a collective/overall reduction goal and will not be applied to individual customers.In order to achieve this shared goal here are some tips for conserving water:

For more water conservation tips, Frequently Asked Questions, and contact information, please visit

Click the Interactive Map below:

Water Districts in Menlo Park