Mandatory Rationing Is Over. Voluntary Water Conservation With 10% Cutback Is In Place.
*Please visit this page periodically or call the Town of Hillsborough's Drought Hotline (650.375.7584) for water conservation assistance, to report water leaks or water waste, or to receive updates on the Town's response to State water reduction mandates.
State Government’s Response
The State Water Resources Control Board, with direction from Governor Jerry Brown, coordinates statewide drought response. On May 18, 2016, as a result of improving drought conditions, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new conservation regulations allowing water agencies to self-certify water supply and demand conditions using a State provided “stress test” in order to set water conservation standards. The State did leave in place a number of water waste prohibition regulations that water agencies must observe and enforce (see below).
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Response
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Response (SFPUC) is Hillsborough’s source of drinking water. On June 7, 2016, the SFPUC released their water supply stress test showing that their water supply system had sufficient reserves to weather another 3 years of severe drought. However, since the Hetch Hetchy storage system did not fill to maximum capacity, the SFPUC is requesting a 10% reduction in system wide use as compared to 2013.
*Town of Hillsborough’s Drought Response*
On June 13, 2016, Hillsborough’s City Council adopted an Ordinance ending mandatory rationing and setting a 10% reduction goal as compared to 2013 use. City Council did leave in place a number of water waste prohibitions, as required by State regulation.
Water Waste Prohibitions:
The following water waste activities continue to be prohibited in Hillsborough.
- The application of potable water to ornamental landscapes, grass, lawns, and turf shall be done in a manner that does not create excessive runoff onto adjacent property, nonirrigated areas, private and public walkways or roadways, driveways, parking lots or parking strips, or other hardscape.
- Potable water shall not be applied to driveways, walkways, sidewalks, or parking strips, except where necessary to address an immediate health or safety need or to comply with a term or condition of a permit issued by a state or federal agency.
- Potable water shall not be used in outdoor fountains or other decorative water features except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
- The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle is prohibited,except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
- The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homesand buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standar Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Water Conservation Rebates: The Town offers water conservation rebates through the Bay Area Water Supply and Reduction Agency (BAWSCA).
Water Conservation Devices: The Town offers Hillsborough residents free water conservation devices at Town Hall (1600 Floribunda). The devices include shower timers, efficient shower heads, toilet leak test kits, faucet aerators and more.
California Drought Status
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the drought has improved in our region, but parts of California are still experiencing extreme drought conditions.
Other Drought Related Websites
The following websites may provide additional useful information about the drought:California’s Drought Information Clearinghouse
California State Water Resources Control Board -
California Drought Page - Drought Portal
State’s Water Conservation Campaign -
Local Government -
California Department of Food and Agriculture - California Data Exchange Center - California State Water Project -