Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

The Russian River watershed is in a severe drought and the hottest days of summer are still to come. This year, the region received 13” of rain compared to the average 38”, and the reservoirs are alarmingly low.

The City of Healdsburg has mandated a 40% reduction in water use to stem unsustainable water demands and ensure we have enough drinking water through 2021.

Irrigation and Outdoor Use Restrictions 

  • Residential Customers are assigned a water budget of 74 gallons per person per day
  • Commercial Customers are required to reduce usage by 40%.
  • Irrigation of lawns (commercial, residential, industrial) is prohibited day or night.
  • Automatic sprinklers and drip irrigation are prohibited. 
  • Hosing down driveways and hardscapes is prohibited.
  • Washing personal vehicles is prohibited.
  • New swimming pool permits will not be authorized unless water is sourced from outside Healdsburg’s potable water system.
  • Dust control, compaction, and other construction must use recycled water; potable water is prohibited.
**HAND WATERING IS ALLOWED SO LONG AS IT'S WITHIN THE RESIDENTIAL WATER ALLOWANCE**

Restaurants and Food Establishments


  • Drinking water upon request only

Leaks and Repairs


  • If you discover a water leak or receive a water leak notice from the City, repair it within 72 hours.

Mailed Notices


Mandatory Water Conservation Notice - June 2021