Water Conservation

SEASONAL REMINDER:  As we head into the irrigation season, residents and businesses are reminded to complete an irrigation system check-up before turning on automated clocks and timers. Make sure there are no leaks and that spray heads are adjusted to target your landscaping and not hardscapes that create runoff.  

 The Town's rebate programs for toilets and clothes washers will sunset on July 1, 2017.  Rebates for these items will only be approved for qualified toilets and washers purchased and installed before this date.  The Town will continue to offer rebates for lawn removal and for efficient irrigation equipment upgrades.  To schedule an appointment for a free home water assessment or a qualifying pre-inspection visit for the Town's Water Efficient Landscapes or High Efficiency Toilet rebate programs, fill out and submit the online sign-up form or call (707) 547-1909.

Governor’s April 7, 2017 Executive Order Ends Statewide Drought Emergency

On Friday, April 7, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order bringing an end to the statewide Drought Emergency and an end to water supplier mandates to meet water use reduction targets based on local water supply assessments.  As reported in the news, the current California water year has broken records for precipitation, and has allowed water supply reservoirs throughout the state to refill in a remarkably short time.  Our local supply reservoirs, lakes Sonoma and Mendocino, are currently full and consequently no shortage conditions are foreseen in the near term.

Nonetheless, the events of the recent drought are a reminder that water is too precious and finite a resource to waste, regardless of this year’s abundance. The drought also served to reinforce our understanding that efficient use and elimination of wasteful practices needs to become a commonplace living style in California.  To that end, the Governor’s Order extended the common sense, statewide prohibitions on the waste of water.  These prohibitions will soon be undergoing a public process to further define and adopt them as permanent statewide law, to be enforced in dry years and wet.
A list of the statewide prohibitions on water waste are provided below.  As in the last few drought years, we are confident that everyone in Windsor will continue to make it a priority to use water wisely, and will maintain the momentum the drought provided and continue to upgrade fixtures and landscapes to lower water use alternatives.  For now, thank you for all your collective actions to reduce water use during the drought.

Statewide Prohibitions on Water Waste:
  • Use of a hose for washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots and other hard-surfaced areas*
  • Washing a car, boat, trailer, or other equipment with a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Watering landscapes in a manner that causes runoff
  • Watering landscapes during or within 48 hours following rainfall
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature
*The Town’s local water waste code includes a provision allowing a variance for pressure washing of hard surface areas to address health and public safety concerns, such as might be encountered as a slip and fall hazard in front of a food establishment, or to address health & sanitation needs within defined trash enclosures.  This practice is allowable only when done appropriately and in consideration of other Town code requirements, such as the non-stormwater runoff restrictions to storm drains.  For questions or clarification related to pressure washing, please call (707) 838-5357 during regular business hours.


The Town of Windsor’s Water Conservation Program provides residents and businesses with in-depth services, education, and guidance about how to manage water wisely.

We are committed to partnering with our citizenry and with other local government and non-governmental organizations to identify where improvements to water efficiency can be made in order to ensure an ample, long-term supply for the Town.

We hope that you will join with us in this commitment to conserve water, and that you will find the following water conservation programs, information, and links useful: