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State Water Board Bans Watering “Non-Functional” Turf With Potable Water

Effective June 10, 2022, the State Water Board has implemented a statewide ban on watering “non-functional turf” in commercial, industrial, institutional areas with potable water. This does not include house yards, parks, or sports fields, but it does include decorative turf at businesses and in common areas of HOAs and housing subdivisions. Non-functional turf is grass that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.

Why is this happening?

The new emergency regulation is mandated by the State Water Board in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 28 Executive Order and aims to improve the state’s water conservation efforts amid the third year of drought. The emergency regulation will remain in effect for one year, unless modified by the State Water Board.

Learn more about the ban by visiting

What do customers need to do to comply?

Owners and managers of commercial, industrial, institutional, and HOA properties must not use potable water for irrigating non-functional turf. If you have questions about conservation and replacing your turf, please contact our Conservation Specialists by clicking on your district listed above.

The enforcement of this ban will be led by the State Water Resources Control Board, although California American Water does send courtesy notices to customers if there are reports of a potential violation. California American Water is permitted to enforce fines should customers not comply, however we are committed to education over enforcement whenever possible.

To register for a class, click on the EVENT named below.

Date Time Event City / Town
03/21/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Outdoor Leak Detection - California American Water Virtual
04/06/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Landscape Transformation on a Budget - California American Water Virtual
04/18/2023 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Drip Irrigation Fundamentals - California American Water Virtual
05/09/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eat Your Garden - California American Water Virtual
05/18/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Weed and Pest Management - California American Water Virtual
06/06/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Landscape Myth Busters - California American Water Virtual
06/22/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Deciphering Your Controller - California American Water Virtual
07/11/2023 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Graywater Basics - California American Water Virtual
07/25/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where Does Our Water Come From - California American Water Virtual
08/08/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Gardening in Shade and Other Landscape Challenges - California American Water Virtual
08/24/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Protecting the Trees - California American Water Virtual
09/12/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Birds, Bees & Other Pollinators - California American Water Virtual
09/28/2023 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Resilient Alternatives to Removing Turf - California American Water Virtual
10/10/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Compost: Building the Soil Sponge - California American Water Virtual
10/24/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Permeable Everywhere - California American Water Virtual
11/07/2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Coming Up Roses and Daffodils - California American Water Virtual
12/05/2023 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Nature and Our Health - California American Water Virtual

Key Links

Shape Your Space

Part 1: Concepts for Landscape Design

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Part 2: Functional Design Solutions


Lose The Lawn, Use the Rain

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Water-wise Actions/Fire Smart Garden

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Detain the Rain


Get Your Garden Humming


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