Water Use Guidelines

Please do not let your water conservation efforts evaporate! Make conservation a way of life. To learn about the District's rebates and incentives on water conservation devices, go to our Water Conservation page.

The following are wise water use guidelines that we hope will be helpful to you:
  • Water between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. This helps to eliminate water evaporation and allows the lawn and plant material to receive the water.
  • Test your irrigation system monthly to avoid water waste. Testing your system will help to assure that plant material is receiving the adequate amount of water and will assist in keeping your water bill to a minimum. Water should not run off property onto the street or sidewalk - this could be a sign of over irrigation or possibly a broken sprinkler head.
  • Always turn off irrigation controls during rain or wet weather. State law prohibits outdoor irrigation during, and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall.
  • Fix leaky faucets and plumbing fixtures. Just a slow drip can add up to 15 or 20 gallons a day, while a 1/16 inch faucet leak wastes 100 gallons in 24-hours!
  • Using a bucket or a hand-held hose, equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle for quick rinses, should be used to wash automobiles and other types of mobile equipment.
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking or other paved areas should only be done in a health and safety situation. For maintenance of these areas, use a broom or blower.
These are all wise water use guidelines and if practiced, can help in maintaining your water usage.

Water Conservation Programs


The Santa Fe Irrigation District offers several complimentary water conservation programs to their customers. Please visit our Water Conservation page and find the program that best works for you.

Should you have any questions or would like to participate in any of the complimentary programs, please call the District office at 858-756-2424.