California Water Resources

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a drought “State of Emergency” and asked Californians to reduce their daily water usage by 20%. On March 17, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order, announcing the first ever 25% mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water.  On April 18, the State Water Resources Control Board introduced new regulations to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order. The new regulations and rules that will affect hotel and lodging properties include:

  • Prohibiting landscape irrigation that causes runoff onto sidewalks and streets.
  • Prohibit landscape irrigation for 48 hours after rainfall.
  • Prohibit the use of potable water to wash down sidewalks and driveways.
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request.
  • Providing lodging property guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily 

Please check with your local water district to see if any further local regulations will affect your property. A list of all water districts can be seen here.  

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown declared an end to California’s drought emergency. Governor Brown’s order also cancels some of the emergency proclamations from 2014 and other drought-related executive orders issued that year and the next. Hotels will no longer be required to only serve water to customers on request at dining establishments and they will no longer need to provide lodging property guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily. Other rules, such as not watering during rain storms and not hosing off sidewalks will remain in place.

Water Conservation Cards for Hotel Rooms - CH&LA encourages properties to conserve water and become more efficient. CH&LA is pleased to offer water cards free for any member properties to display asking guests to consider not having their linens and towels changed every day. CH&LA members can order water cards for your property, free of charge, by contacting Michelle Donohue at 916-554-2663 or

To view all of the emergency drought regulations, please click here. Visit to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

Click here to see the ACWA Drought Map

Find resources by region:  
Northern California  |  Central Valley  |  Central Coast  |  Southern Calfiornia

Statewide Water Resources

Save Our Water

Visit for
daily water-saving tips!

Save Our Water (SOW) is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use. The program offers ideas and inspiration for permanently reducing water. SOW provides information section on everything you need to know about the drought.

SOW also is a one-stop shop for homeowners and professionals looking for information and online resources on water-efficient irrigation – see their Sprinklers 101 for more information.

Door Hangers, Hotel & Restaurant Cards

If your local water agency is not listed below, click here for additional water-saving ideas, rebates and other information specific to your area. 

Association of California Water Agencies

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its nearly 440 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms, and businesses in California.

ACWA’s mission is to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.

Aquafornia Water Education Foundation –Water News Source

Aquafornia is a news aggregator owned by the Water Education Foundation. It covers California water news from both traditional and non-traditional news sources, presenting the many sides and views of the water picture, with the goal and fostering understanding of various positions and discussion toward resolution of these often controversial issues. Bookmark their homepage for an easy look at the most recent news stories related to water in California.

Aquafornia has teamed up with the Water Education Foundation to bring you the latest water news, click here  to subscribe.

California Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the State’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.

DWR issues a weekly drought summary, which is produced by the Governor's Drought Task Force, and summarizes the state agency actions, current drought impacts around the state, and consolidates key information for the public.News clips covering DWR and California water issues are distributed daily in DWR California Water News. To subscribe to the free service, contact the DWR Water News Editors.

California Water Service Company

The California Water Service Company (Cal Water) the largest investor-owned American water utility west of the Mississippi River and the third largest in the country. Formed in 1926, the San Jose-based company serves more than 473,100 customers through 28 Customer and Operations Centers throughout the state. Please see the Find My District page  to find rates, water-quality information, conservation programs, and other programs in your district.

Northern California

Be Water Smart

Be Water Smart is sponsored by the Regional Water Authority Water Efficiency Program (RWEP) and 19 water providers. These agencies in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties plus the City of West Sacramento are working together to help their customers use water efficiently. Be Water Smart programs and services for businesses includes:

  • Access to a FREE Water Wise Business Call where a trained water utility staff person will visit your business and review water use patterns and discuss incentives both inside and out.
  • Best Ways for Business to Save Water.
  • Examples of Rebates available to businesses and contact information for those in the RWA’s region.

Sign up to receive information and tips for using water efficiently, including updates about free, water smart rebates and programs.

San Francisco Water Power Sewer

Being the third largest municipal utility in California, the San Francisco Water Power Sewer serves 2.6 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Water Power Sewer offer access to:

Stay informed by signing up for SF Water Power Sewers’ newsletter.

Central Valley

City of Fresno – Water Division

The City of Fresno Water Division is responsible for supplying customers with safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water. Supplying an average of 125 million gallons of water to more than 550,000 residents in the City and County of Fresno. The Water Division also offers:

Central Coast

Santa Barbara County

Water Wise SB is the water conservation website for Santa Barbara County. The network includes the Santa Barbara County Water Agency, cities that provide water within the county, as well as water districts and community service districts. Together, these agencies sponsor programs that promote water conservation and awareness.  Programs include:

City of Santa Cruz – Water Department

The Water Department ensures public health and safety by providing a clean, safe, reliable supply of water.

Monterey Water Conservation (American Water)

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District is a regulatory public agency serving Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Carmel Highlands, Pacific Grove, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City and Pebble Beach. The District’s Conservation Division works in conjunction partnership with Monterey Water Conservation (American Water) to provide education and encourage water conservation in an effort to protect water resources for the benefit of the community.

Southern California

Many Southern California cities, counties, and water agencies run rebate programs through the below two websites. Additional rebate programs may be offered through your local city, county or water agency.  Check your water bill to see who you provider is and check their website for programs and information.

Click here to find your provider in the Metropolitan Water District’s service area. You may be served by more than one agency.

Visit SoCal Water$mart for the following rebates:

  • Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Rebate Program

Visit for the following programs/rebates:

  • Landscape Irrigation Survey
  • Water Savings Incentive Program

Click here to find your provider in the Metropolitan Water District’s service area. You may be served by more than one agency.  Please contact the listed agencies before applying for rebates.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC)

MWDOC is a wholesale water supplier and resource planning agency that serves all of Orange County (except Anaheim, Fullerton, and Santa Ana) through 28 retail water agencies. They purchase imported water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and distribute it to our client agencies, which provide retail water services to the public. MWDOC has an extensive website with access to water use efficacy tools such as:

WaterSmart San Diego County

WaterSmart is all about rethinking the way we use our limited water resources and making smart choices to reduce water use. Search here to see if your local water providers are in the San Diego Water Authority’s water service area.

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) purpose is to deliver reliable, safe water and electricity to 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles.

Long Beach Water Department

The Long Beach Water Department Website (LBWD) is responsible for providing half a million residence with high-quality, reliable drinking water, covering more than 50 square miles.

San Diego County Water Authority

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) is a public agency serving the San Diego region. Water Authority’s mission is to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to its 24 member agencies serving the San Diego region.

Click here to sign up for the San Diego County Water Authority publications.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency

West Basin Municipal Water District

Central Basin Municipal Water District

US Environmental Protection Agency

WaterSense H2Otel Challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to encourage hotels to conserve and efficiently use water.

Interested hotels can sign up for the H2Otel Challenge to start receiving free recognition, outreach, and technical tools that will help save water, energy, and money. Hotels will receive the following outreach and recognition tools to promote participation in the H2Otel Challenge. These tools will be distributed by email after the hotel has signed up:

  • Participant logo
  • Signed certificate of participation
  • Sample press release language
  • Sample website and in–room language
  • Monthly emails with water savings tips

WaterSense also offers a number of helpful tools to assist hotels in assessing, changing, and tracking their water use. Use these tools to help your property get started:


End Uses of Water in Hotels

Approximately 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S. takes place in hotels and other lodging businesses. The largest uses of water in hotels are restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping, and kitchens.

Download the Hotels Fact Sheet.

Case Study

Learn how a hotel in San Antonio, TX is saving 7 million gallons of water a year by retrofitting its bathrooms with more efficient fixtures.

Customers of the Santa Clara Valley Water District:

Customers of the East Bay Municipal Utility District:

Central Coast Greywater Alliance:

Save Our Water: