Amidst drought, Governor Newsom calls for voluntary 15% reduction in water use

July 27, 2021

Governor Newsom discusses drought emergency response at Lopez Reservoir in San Luis Obispo County

On July 8, Governor Gavin Newsom called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent with simple measures such as reducing landscape irrigation, running dishwashers and washing machines only when full, finding and fixing leaks, installing water-efficient showerheads and taking shorter showers. The voluntary reduction is supported by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Hayward’s wholesale water supplier.

In his executive order, Governor Newsom also expanded the regional drought state of emergency to include nine additional counties. Alameda County has been on this list since Governor Newsom’s previous emergency proclamation, signed May 10, 2021.

For tips on saving water, visit To learn more about current conditions, the State’s response, and informational resources available to the public, view the State’s new drought preparedness website. To learn about water conservation tips, programs, and rebates in Hayward, visit