Hayward City Council implements water use restrictions as drought deepens

July 26, 2022

In response to the Governor’s call for a state-wide reduction in water use and reduced available water from our wholesale supplier, the Hayward City Council implemented Level 2 Water Shortage measures on June 28.

After one of the driest winters on record, California is now in a severe and deepening drought, and it is more critical than ever that we do our part to conserve our precious water supplies--especially as we move into the dry and increasingly hot summer months.

With a focus on limiting outdoor water use, the new requirements include:

  • Limiting landscape irrigation to three days per week, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Prohibiting use of non-essential water for commercial and industrial use
  • Fixing irrigation leaks and faulty sprinklers
  • Using covers on pools and spas

For more information about the drought, new and existing conservation measures, and tools that can help you reduce water use, click here.

To track your water use, set water use budgets, sign up for leak alerts, and take advantage of new, fee-free online bill payment options, register for Hayward’s new Water Customer Portal at