Water Use – Fall/Winter

5 Nov

In Pasadena, the following instances of water waste are prohibited:

  • Outdoor watering is limited to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the spring/summer (April 1- October 31); and is restricted to one day a week on Saturday in the fall/winter (November 1 – March 31), and must be done before 9 a.m and after 6 p.m.
  • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks, or other sprinkler system malfunctions when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from PWP.

Permanent Water Waste Prohibitions

Pasadena also has Permanent Water Waste Prohibitions in place, which include:

  • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system
  • No watering during and within 48 hours after periods of significant rain
  • No water flow or runoff: Watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas in a manner that causes or allows runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited
  • No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind


These restrictions do not apply to the exemptions outlined in the Pasadena Municipal Code, which include:

  • Landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use low flow drip type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than 2 gallons of water per hour;
  • Watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle or device;
  • Watering for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system;
  • Maintenance of trees as necessary to sustain their health and viability;
  • Maintenance of vegetation, including fruit trees and shrubs, intended for consumption;
  • Maintenance of landscape for fire protection

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