Water Conservation

Water is an important resource with limited supply. The City of Stockton is committed to conserving this precious resource.


In response to the Governor's Drought Emergency Declaration, the Stockton City Council adopted a Resolution declaring a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency on July 12, 2022. Effective immediately:


  • Customers in the City water service area shall use 20 percent less than the quantity of water delivered to the customer's property as recorded by meter during the prior corresponding billing period of the base year. The Governor's Executive Order N-7-22 (page 2) identifies 2020 as the base year.
  • Failure to immediately correct, cure or abate a second violation will result in a surcharge of $100.00 per day for each day the violation continues. Stockton Municipal Code Section 13.28.050.
  • Outdoor watering is allowed on the following days: 


Stage 2 Watering Schedule


The City Council also approved the following additional water use restrictions:


postcard was sent to customers notifying them about the implementation of a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency.



Written authorization from the MUD is required to drain or refill a pool between June 1 and October 1.


Report Water Wasting


Conservation Kits

Water saving tool kits are available to residential customers in the City of Stockton water service area while supplies last.

  • Kits may include a kitchen faucet aerator, bathroom faucet aerator, toilet tablet to test for leaks, toilet flapper, and water use checklist to identify potential water leaks in and around the home.
  • Request a water conservation kit by emailing WaterFacts@stocktonca.gov. Kits are provided free of charge for customers in the City of Stockton water service area.


School Programs

The City and the Stockton Area Water Suppliers (SAWS) provide in-class, after-school, and assembly programs to promote water conservation. 


External Links

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce REACON Team - Evaluate water use, recycling, energy, air

Save Our Water - State program to help Californians reduce everyday water use

Stockton Area Water Suppliers (SAWS)

Stockton Water-Wise Gardening - Water-saving plants and watering tips

WaterSense - Partnership program with EPA - Learn about water-saving devices and more

San Joaquin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District - Information about flood control, water supply, drainage, and groundwater recharge projects in San Joaquin County.

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/17/2023