Water Conservation

Water is a precious natural resource that is vital to our health, welfare, and the economy of our region.  Soledad, California lies in a geographic zone referred to as the “coastal range,” defined by a Mediterranean climate, with slightly rainy winters and dry summers.

Drought is part of a recurring natural cycle with which residents, businesses, and governments in our region must contend on an ongoing basis.  The drought cycle in California is part of the regular and historical weather patterns that fluctuate between El Niño (elevated winter and spring rainfall) to La Niña (diminished winter and spring rainfall).  Living here means understanding that, most of the time, we are either experiencing a drought or are on the precipice of a drought.

Soledad relies entirely on water wells for our community’s drinking water supply. Because our water supplies are limited, it is important that everyone use water efficiently.  We enforce (complaint based only) the conservation/restrictions mandated by the Governor, which change based on drought status. We also have access to FREE supplies that can assist residents with their conservation efforts.  These supplies are limited but can include low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and garden hose shutoff nozzles.  Contact our public works department at 831-223-5000 or visit City Hall to inquire about the availability of these supplies.  To report stormwater violations, please call our hotline at 831-223-5188.

While the City does not currently have water conservation measures in effect above or beyond the state-mandated measures, here are some things you can always do to help conserve our water supply:

  • Outside watering only two days a week
  • No water running down the gutter
  • No water waste
    • Fix leaky faucets and running toilets
    • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
    • Use the minimum amount of detergent required
    • Consider upgrading to high-efficiency appliances that use less water per load
  • Do not leave water running when not directly in use
  • Hoses must have shut off device installed on the end
  • No outside watering from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • No watering in the wind (it just blows away)
    • Putting irrigation systems on timers can assist with water conservation
  • No watering within 48 hours of measurable rain

Other Water Conservation Resources

2016 Governor’s Executive Order B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a Way of Life”

California Department of Water Resources

California Urban Water Conservation Council

Save our Water

Water-Efficient Plant List for the Monterey Peninsula

Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling |Beyond the Curb: Water Conservation

WaterSense | United States Environmental Protection Agency

What YOU Can Do to Help the Environment & Your Community

California Department of Water Resources | Water Use Efficiency

Water – Use it Wisely

Monterey County Water Wise Landscaping