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Thank you for helping Stanford University conserve water at a critical time during the drought. Governor Newsom has rolled back some of the state’s drought restrictions, however, at a statewide level, the ban on potable water irrigation of non-functional turf in commercial, industrial, and institutional areas (including multi-family residential properties) remains in effect.

Conservation will remain essential at Stanford and in California, and prohibitions of wasteful water use will continue to remain effective including:
·      Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways (except for health and safety needs);
·      Allowing more than incidental runoff when irrigating turf and other ornamental landscapes;
·      Using hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles to wash motor vehicles;
·      Using potable water in ornamental fountains or decorative water features that do not recirculate the water;
·      Irrigating turf and ornamental landscape during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall.

Last updated: June 2023

A side-by-side comparison of drought conditions between 9/27/22 and 4/13/23