Water Conservation

MUD is committed to conserving water, an important resource with limited supply.  

Amazing fact – The amount of water available today is the same supply available when dinosaurs roamed the earth.


The Water Conservation Program works year-round to increase water conservation and raise awareness about programs and services available to customers within the City’s water service area.


Effective May 19, 2015, the Stockton City Council approved new water regulations and restrictions to comply with State-mandated requirements to address California's significant drought.  The following restrictions apply immediately.  (Printable copy of water regulations and restrictions):


Watering - Exterior Irrigation

  • No watering - between 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall
  • Even numbered addresses - Tuesday and Fridays only
  • Odd numbered addresses - Mondays and Thursdays only
  • Locations without addresses - Monday and Thursdays only
  • Water leaks - must be corrected within 24 hours of discovery/notifications
  • Wasteful running of water/washing with water - unlawful, without reasonable purpose


Other - Exterior Uses

  • Buildings and mobile home exterior (with water) - only with bucket and sponge
  • Cars and Vehicles - using positive shut-off nozzle only on assigned watering days & times
  • Fountains (public/commercial locations) - operated only with recirculated water
  • Outside surfaces - driveways, sidewalks, patios, parking lots & other surfaces; only with pressurized sidewalk cleaning equipment for sanitation, public health/safety & fire protection
  • Repairing/Repainting - pressurized washing device with quick action, positive shut-off
  • Pool draining/refilling - must obtain permit; only for protection of public health/safety


Additional Business (Commercial and Industrial) and Fire Hydrants

  • Car washes (commercial) - must use reclaimed soap and water (no day restrictions)
  • Hotels and motels- must provide option to refuse daily towel & linen laundering
  • Restaurants - water served only upon customer request
  • Dust control  - use of potable water not allowed, except for public health/safety
  • Fire hydrant - use of potable water not allowed (unless no alternate/recycled water sources are available) except by Fire protection agencies for fire suppression or by responsible water agencies


Reporting Water Wasting


Water Use Survey

Save up to 25% of the water used at your home or business by downloading the Water Use Home Survey Kit and conducting a do-it-yourself water-use survey.  Submit your survey results to the City and receive a free water-saving kit.


Brochure: Water-Saving Tips in the Home

Brochure: Water-Saving Tips in the Workplace


High Efficiency Toilets

The High Efficiency Toilet Direct Install Program is available for City of Stockton commercial, industrial, and institutional water customers.  This program covers the cost of the hardware and installation when changing older, inefficient toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush.


Participating plumbing contractors will install high efficiency toilets, low flow faucet aerators, and shower heads (when applicable).  They will also review your water meter to check for leaks.  The City of Stockton maintains a list of plumbing contractors that currently participate in the installation of high efficiency toilets.



Outdoor water use accounts for the majority of water use for the average residential household and may also be applicable to businesses.  "Landscape Water Saving Tips" provide customers with easy-to-follow tips that can result in big water savings.  Learn more by visiting the Stockton Water-Wise Gardening in the External Links below. 



Written authorization from MUD is required to drain or refill a pool.  To obtain authorization, please submit a request online or Contact Us. Authorization can only be granted for the protection of public health and safety. 


Recycling, Energy, Air, and Conservation (REACON) Assessment

The City, as a participating member of the Stockton Area Water Suppliers, is a sponsor of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s REACON Team.  Through the REACON Team, assessments are conducted to evaluate water use, recycling, energy, and air.


School Programs

The City, in partnership with Stockton Area Water Suppliers, provides in-class, after-school, and assembly programs to promote water conservation.  The City also provides tours of its new water treatment plant.


Guiding Documents

The Water Conservation Program works to meet  and prioritize all goals and objectives as outlined in local, state, and federal water conservation guiding documents. 


External Links

Turf and Toilet Rebates

- Statewide rebate program 

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s REACON Team

- Assessments to evaluate water use, recycling, energy, and air.

Save Our Water

- Statewide program to help Californians reduce everyday water use. 

Stockton Area Water Suppliers (SAWS) 

Stockton Municipal Code Section 13.28.030 

- Regulations on Water Restrictions currently apply year round.

Stockton Water-Wise Gardening

- Water-saving plants and watering tips.

WaterSense (Partnership program by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

- Learn about water-saving devices and more.


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/28/2015