Drought update


Residents urged to conserve water 

With California experiencing its second consecutive dry year, Menlo Park Municipal Water reminds customers that now is the time to prioritize drought planning and water conservation. Follow the U.S. Drought Monitor

Statewide water use restrictions

Effective Jan. 18, 2022, the State Water Board adopted statewide emergency drought regulations that prohibits certain wasteful water use practices statewide and encourages Californians to monitor their water use more closely while building habits to use water wisely. 

Current water conditions

On Nov. 23, 2021, the City’s water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, declared a water shortage emergency and asks customers to reduce water use.

Local water use restrictions

On March 1, 2022, the City Council declared a Stage 1 drought emergency that requires all Menlo Park Municipal Water customers cut water use by 10% compared to their water use in fiscal year 2019-2020 and prohibits the following water uses: 

  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes that cause more than incidental runoff
  • Washing vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle
  • Washing impervious areas unless it addresses an immediate health and safety need
  • Irrigating turf and ornamental landscapes within 48 hours of measurable rainfall (1/4” of rainfall) – this does not apply to trees
  • Using/filling/topping off decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds with potable water unless pumps recirculate water
  • Irrigating turf on public medians
  • Using potable water for street cleaning or construction site preparation unless no other method is available or as needed to protect the health and safety of the public
  • Hotels and motels shall provide guests the choice to reuse or launder towels and linens daily
  • Restaurants and other food service operations shall serve water only upon request
  • Broken or defective plumbing and irrigation systems must be repaired or replaced within a reasonable period, not exceeding seven days
  • Recreational water features shall be covered when not in use
  • Newly constructed homes and buildings must irrigate with drip or micro spray only

Due to the Stage 1 drought emergency, Menlo Park Municipal Water customers will see a drought surcharge on their monthly bills beginning July 2022.

Water conservation

Menlo Park Municipal Water collaborates with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency to offer water conservation rebates, incentives and free water-saving fixtures to residents and businesses that are Menlo Park Municipal Water customers.

All water customers are encouraged to do their part by conserving water and using these tips:     

For more information on the drought and water conservation, please visit

Thank you for doing your part to conserve water. Together, we can make every drop count!

U.S. Drought Monitor update