San Luis Obispo County Water Resources

Division of Public Works


Statewide & Local Emergency Response


San Luis Obispo County and 60 percent of California remains in severe or extreme drought conditions. On May 9, 2016, the Governor issued an Executive Order that directs the State to extend its emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017.


On May 18, 2016, the State adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaced the prior 25 percent statewide reduction-based water conservation standard, with a localized approach in recognition of the differing water supply conditions for many communities. This localized approach mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to customers under drought conditions.


The County of San Luis Obispo Flood Control and Water Conservation District (District) is an urban water wholesaler that supplies water to urban municipalities, or suppliers. As such, the District must calculate, to the best of its ability, the volume of water it expects to deliver to each urban water supplier in each of the next three years and post these calculations to a publicly accessible webpage. The San Luis Obispo Flood Control and Water Conservation District three year supply of water projection report can be viewed here: Three Years of Drought Calculations with Requested Releases.


In addition to the three year supply of water projection report, urban water suppliers must submit a report to the State by December 15, 2016, that identifies: potable (drinking) water production, by month, from December, 2015 through November, 2016; total potable water production, by month, for the same months in 2013; and any actions taken by suppliers to encourage or require customers to conserve water.


Below are the State mandated water conservation regulations that continue to remain in effect:



  • No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff
  • No using hoses without shut-off nozzles
  • No using water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
  • No washing of driveways & sidewalks
  • No outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following rain



  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily


Furthermore, it is MANDATED that you




if you obtain potable water through one of the County water systems below:







Community Resources

The following mailers were mailed in July 2015 to residents in the communities of Cayucos, Santa Margarita, and Shandon. The mailers describe the current water restrictions as well as provide tips for conserving water.



If you own or operate a vacation rental, please provide your guests with information on how they may help us preserve water during their stay. A water saving information card is available for printing by clicking one of the following:



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Or, call (805)-781-4466 and request hard copies of the Table Tent Card be sent to you. The information card available from our office, may be folded into a tent for convenient display in your vacation rental property as shown.


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Drought Hotline

(805) 781- 4466


Water Conservation Resources


San Luis Obispo County Partners in Water Conservation



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San Luis Obispo County Drought Update
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