Water Conservation

On June 13, 2016, the Hillsborough City Council ended mandatory water rationing and implemented voluntary water conservation. Thank you for your efforts and cooperation in meeting the State’s mandatory 36% reduction requirement last year. We exceeded the targets imposed on us by the State, and could not have done it without everyone’s help. 

While the current drought emergency is over, there’s never enough water to waste. It is important to note that water waste prohibitions remain, so please avoid over- irrigation and water runoff. The voluntary water conservation period extends through January 31, 2017, with a goal of saving 10% based on 2013 usage.  

The Town will update its drought webpage (http://www.hillsborough.net/443/Drought-Info) to provide residents with up-to-date information about ongoing water policies. You may also call the Town’s drought hotline at (650) 375-7584 for more information.

Tips on how to conserve water can be found below.  

What Residents Can Do

How to Read your Water Meter
The Town has prepared a document to help residents determine what their water usage is by reading their water meter.  

Do I Have a Water Leak?

Do you want to know if you have a faulty irrigation line or a water leak inside your house?  The Town has outlined initial steps to first diagnose if you may have a water leak.

Outdoor Conservation

Hillsborough residents use a significant amount of water on their landscapes. Over two thirds of all water used in Hillsborough is used for irrigation, pools, and other outdoor purposes. However, water conservation efforts have traditionally focused on indoor water use (water efficient toilets, shower heads, washing machines, etc). Reducing outdoor water use represents the greatest opportunity for Hillsborough to conserve water. The Town has implemented several new programs to promote outdoor water conservation.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

View helpful 
outdoor conservation tips and links to useful resources.

Indoor Conservation

Find beneficial 
indoor conservation tips along with links to useful resources.

Water Use Reports

The Town launched its Water Use Report Program in May 2011. The reports, free to Town residents, show actual water use as compared to ideal water use and drought reduction goals. Over 500 Hillsborough residents have signed up to receive their water use reports electronically. Please join them by visiting the Town's Water Use Report website or calling 650-375-7444650-375-7444.


The Town offers residents rebates on energy and water efficient clothes washing machines and toilets through the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.  The Town also offers residents shower timers, efficient shower heads and faucets, and other water conserving devices at Town Hall (1600 Floribunda Avenue).


Water Conservation Resources & Programs

  • The SFPUC's Smart and Sexy Campaign - A regional water conservation campaign to remind residents to conserve water resources. 
  • BAWSCA Water Efficient Landscape Classes - BAWSCA offers a number of water efficient landscape education classes taught by experts in the field throughout the year.  Please visit BAWSCA's Classes page to download a schedule.
  • Conserve Our Water Campaign -  Find out more efficient ways of using water.  The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) partnered together to provide the public with water conservation tips.  Visit ACWA and CDWR's Save Our Water website today.
  • CROSSTALK Recycled Water / Grey Water - An article prepared by the Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research at the University of Southern California providing an overview of recycled water / grey water systems.
  • Free Water Wise Gardening Web Resource - Get some great tips for conserving water around your property today by visiting the Water-Wise Gardening in the Bay Area website.
  • Rain Barrel Program - The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, in coordination with C/CAG, offers rebates for rain barrels.  Please visit BAWSCA's Rain Barrel Rebate Program page for more information.
  • RainDanceNowRainDanceNow provides supplemental water for residential and commercial landscapes with recycled water that does not count toward customers' CCF allocation.  RainDanceNow delivers water in a 2000 gallon truck and is able to distribute water on customers' lawns/flowers/trees/shrubs on a schedule.
  • The Town Water Conservation Garden - The Town maintains a Water Conservation Garden that demonstrates low water landscaping concepts. Visit the demonstration garden at Town Hall to learn how you can incorporate these water conservation concepts in your landscaping project.
  • Water Conservation School Assembly - The Town offers the Earthcapades water conservation school assembly program to Hillsborough public elementary schools.  The program educates elementary students about water conservation in a fun and interactive way.
  • Water Wise Education Program - The Town provides Water Wise Education kits to students at no cost through the Hillsborough City School District in the 2014/2015 school year.  Ask your school to participate while supplies last!  Call (650) 375-7444(650) 375-7444 for more information.

The Town of Hillsborough makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the materials at this site or at other sites to which this website links. Links or references to other information or organizations do not constitute an endorsement.