Riverside Public Utilities


At RPU, we’ve moved from Stage 3 watering restrictions to a modified version of our original Stage 1 restrictions. Here's what that means for you:​

  • RPU customers can feel free to water as they wish, but as always, please consider conservation.

  • Customers may water anytime of the day or night, with no restricted hours.


While some water use restrictions are easing, others have become state law. These wasteful activities are now prohibited across California and would be considered unreasonable uses of water:​

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes with drinking water

  • Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle

  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature

  • Watering lawns in a manner that that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation

  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians

  • Irrigating within 48 hours of rainfall

  • Substantial irrigation runoff

Unreasonable use restrictions are now effective at all times, even without any drought conditions or if any stage of Riverside’s water conservation ordinance is in effect.


UPDATED 05/18/2017