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Dealing with Drought Conditions

The Water You Save Saves Marin


New Water Use Rules and Restrictions Starting December 1st 

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. 

  • Beginning December 1, residential water use above Tier 1 will be subject to penalties. Learn more.
  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited until May 31, 2022. Spot watering by hand is exempt.
  • The refilling of a completely drained swimming pool and the initial filling of any swimming pool for which application for a building permit was made after December 1, 2021, will not be allowed.
  • 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

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. 

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:



We hosted a two-part webinar series on all things drought. Marin Water staff shared an update on the status of our water supply, as well as information about our rebates, incentives, and water-saving tips. View both parts on our YouTube channel or use the links below. 

Part 1

Part 2