Water Use Restrictions

Summary of Prohibited Water UsesBroken sprinkler warning

To practice sustainability and prepare for future droughts, the City is practicing Water Conservation as a Milpitas Way of Life. Although we are not currently in a drought, Milpitas has several permanent water waste restrictions in place, as outlined in the City's Code under Title VIII Ch. 6 – Section 3 Water Conservation Ordinance.

Further Information

For more information on current drought conditions, water use restrictions and water conservation programs, please visit the Save Water Milpitas website or call the City's Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 586-2666.

To report observed water waste use, please submit a report through the MyMilpitas App or call (408) 586-2666.

  • Water when it’s cool outside. For sprinkler systems, watering is only allowed before 9 am and after 6 pm.
  • Only water outdoors on the four designated days listed in the watering schedule below.
    • Addresses ending in Odd number: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
    • Addresses ending in Even number: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
    • Without Street Number: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
  • Always use a hose with a nozzle that shuts off automatically when the handle is released for watering landscapes and washing vehicles.
  • Don’t let water run into streets or gutters. Watering that results in flooding or runoff in gutters, sidewalks, driveways, or streets is prohibited.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean hard surfaces including sidewalks and driveways.
  • Fix leaks as soon as possible. Do not use broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering, or irrigation systems.
  • Turn off irrigation systems when it is going to rain. Watering outdoor plants, lawn, grass, landscaping, or turf areas during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
  • Cover pools and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Make sure decorative fountains have a recirculating system.