Prohibited Actions

Watering Schedule

Otay no longer has restrictions on watering days or minutes per day. It is recommended that irrigation take place before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. to reduce water loss due to evaporation. This also applies when watering by hand. When watering by hand, use of a shut-off nozzle is required.

Prohibited Actions

Water conservation is voluntary. However, the following practices remain in effect:

  • Please prevent water waste resulting from inefficient irrigation, such as runoff or over spray. This includes stopping water flows onto non-targeted areas such as adjacent property, sidewalks, driveways, roadways, or structures.
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments should continue to serve and refill water in only upon request.
  • Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments must offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
  • Fountains or other decorative water features must re-circulated water.
  • When washing automobiles, motor homes, boats or recreational vehicles, a hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle is required.
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians can only be performed using recycled water. The “median” is the center strip of land in the roadway.
  • Repair all water leaks within 48 hours of notification by the District.
  • Irrigation is not allowed during a rainstorm, or for 48 hours after one-quarter inch or more of rainfall is measured at Lindbergh Field.
  • No washing down of paved surfaces including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios, except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.

If you do not have a “Smart” controller with a moisture sensor, or an irrigation system utilizing the latest high-efficiency rotary sprinkler nozzles, incentives and rebates are available for customers interested in utilizing these water conserving technologies. For more information and to learn about money saving rebates, please visit any of the Conservation pages above. Thank you for your support of water conservation. For more information, please visit our Drought Frequently Asked Questions page.