Skip to main content

Dealing with Drought Conditions

The Water You Save Saves Marin


Marin is in a Severe Drought: Save Water

With reservoir levels at historic lows, Marin Water’s board of directors declared a water shortage emergency and adopted mandatory water use restrictions. The goal of the restrictions is to achieve a 40 percent reduction in water use districtwide. 

  • Spray irrigation is limited to one day a week. Each community has a designated watering day:
    • Monday: Ross, Tiburon, Belvedere, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas
    • Tuesday: San Rafael, all other unincorporated areas in Marin County
    • Wednesday: San Quentin, Sausalito, Corte Madera, San Anselmo
    • Thursday: Mill Valley
    • Friday: Woodacre, Larkspur, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield
    • Saturday & Sunday: No spray irrigation
  • Drip irrigation is limited to any two days per week. 
  • We recommend turning off your irrigation system and spot watering by hand, only when necessary. Spot watering can be done on any day of the week.
  • For a full list of restrictions and information about enforcement and variances, visit the Water Rules page.

Ways To Conserve

We’re here to help you save water with conservation tips, water-efficient fixtures, rebates and programs. Marin Water provides free phone consultations to help you find the conservation programs and rebates that work best for you. Contact us for an appointment, call 415.945.1523 or email


  • Replace your lawn with our Cash for Grass rebate program.
  • Install a pool and/or spa cover to prevent evaporation.
  • Install a graywater system that reuses laundry water for irrigation. 
  • Install a rain barrel or cistern.
  • Drive your beautifully dirty car. A dirty car is a badge of honor during a drought. We have Drive-it-Dirty car window clings available in the lobby of our offices at 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925.


  • Check for leaks and fix them promptly. 
  • Install a hot water recirculating device. 
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers. 
  • Capture and reuse water from your shower. 
  • Do laundry and dishes only when you have a full load.
  • Don't flush the toilet as often. Each flush you skip saves water.
  • Refer to this chart for guidance on recommended water use per person. 

More Ways to Save

  • Install a Flume flow meter and access real-time water
    usage data on your phone or computer. It’s easy to install
    and straps on to your existing water meter. 
  • We offer free water-efficient hose shutoff nozzles, faucet
    aerators and showerheads for our customers. Email us at
  • Are you a #SuperSaver? Share your #WaterSavingStory with us to be featured on our Super Saver page and our social media networks. We appreciate all of our customers' efforts to save every drop.



Marin Water staff is available to present information about the drought, conservation tips, and rebate and incentive programs at community groups, HOAs, and council meetings. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please email

See upcoming presentations, and recently completed presentations below:

Upcoming Presentations

  • 09-13: Mill Valley Seniors for Peace
  • 09-15: Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club
  • 09-16: Marin Public Works Association

Completed Presentations

  • 09-08: Maintenance Superintendents Association
  • 09-07: Corte Madera City Council
  • 09-01: Fairfax Town Council
  • 08-31: Sausalito City Council
  • 08-30: Marin Master Gardeners
  • 08-18: Building and Planning Officials Meeting
  • 08-10: Smith Ranch Retirement Home
  • 07-29: Marin County City Managers Meeting
  • 07-20: Belvedere Tiburon Joint Disaster Advisory Council
  • 07-13: AutoDesk
  • 07-12: Villa Marin
  • 07-12: Green Change
  • 07-08: City of Mill Valley
  • 06-23: San Anselmo Public Library
  • 06-15: League of Women Voters
  • 06-10: Town of Ross
  • 06-10: Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods
  • 06-09: ACWA
  • 06-09: Town Hall with Assemblymember Marc Levine
  • 06-05: Dominican/Black Canyon Neighborhood Association
  • 05-24: AAUW
  • 05-19: Town of Tiburon
  • 05-20: Marin Villages
  • 05-20: Drought Town Hall with Senator Mike McGuire
  • 05-18: Marin County Board of Supervisors
  • 05-18: Sustainable Mill Valley
  • 05-12: The Tamalpais
  • 05-11: Del Mar HOA
  • 05-10: Belvedere City Council
  • 05-07: North Bay Watershed Association
  • 05-06: Marin Coalition
  • 05-05: Larkspur City Council
  • 05-05: Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary
  • 05-05: Marin Conservation League
  • 04-28: Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers
  • 04-28: San Anselmo Town Council
  • 04-27: San Rafael Harbor Rotary
  • 04-27: Marin Sunrise Rotary
  • 04-26: Marin County Parks
  • 04-22: Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association
  • 04-22: Tiburon Sunset Rotary
  • 04-21: Ross Valley Rotary
  • 04-19: Rotary of San Rafael
  • 04-15: Marin Conservation League 
  • 04-15: Marin County Office of Education
  • 04-07: City of Fairfax
  • 04-07: San Anselmo Chamber
  • 04-06: City of Corte Madera
  • 04-01: Mission San Rafael Rotary
  • 03-15: FireSAFE Marin
  • 03-15: City of San Rafael

Since Marin Water's board of directors first declared a drought in mid-February, the district has been included in over 200 pieces of news coverage by local, regional and international outlets. A list of coverage can be found below:


Free - Water-Saving Kits

Water-saving kits are free and available to customers and residents in the Marin Water service area. Each kit includes:

  • Bucket to catch water for reuse • Leak detection dye tablets
  • Shutoff nozzle for your garden hose
  • Low flow faucet aerator and showerhead
  • Five minute shower timer
  • Drive-It-Dirty car window cling to put on your beautifully dirty car

Come by our Corte Madera office on Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. to get yours. 


Join us for a Community Conversation on all things drought on Monday, October 11 from 5 - 7 p.m. We will be providing an update on the status of our water supply, and sharing information about our rebates, incentives, and water-saving tips. Marin Water staff will be available to answer your questions and provide resources.

Register today: