South Gate Water Conservation Program

Water supply conditions have improved statewide. While El Niño did not bring the rains predicted, it did produce sufficient rainfall to positively impact the drought. California may be nearing the end of its worst drought in recorded history; however, the drought is still in effect. Recently the State Water Resources Control Board changed the drought regulations, this time by relaxing them. The City may now revert to its permanent, less restrictive drought regulations, some of which are shown below.

Water Conservation Schedule and Restrictions

  Watering schedule 
      - Outdoor watering will be allowed all days of the week except between the hours of 9am to 6pm.

  Water Restrictions
      - Washing down sidewalks and driveways. 
      - Irrigating outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess run off.
      - Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
      - Irrigating turf of ornamental landscapes during and within 48 hours following measureable

Water Conservation Tips

  Outdoor Water Use
      - Identity and fix water leaks.
      - Refrain from washing down sidewalks and driveways.
      - Avoid irrigating landscapes in a manner that causes excess run off.
      - Shut off fountains or decorative water features, unless the water is part of a recirculation system.
  Indoor Water Use
      - Reduce your normal shower time by 5 minutes.
      - Turn off water while brushing teeth.
      - Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.

For water conservation rebates, please visit
The Public Works Department has submitted the following documents to the State Water Board:
Water Conservation Self-Certification Analysis
​For more information about the State's water conservation standards, please visit
Drought Tolerant Landscaping

In order to conserve water, the City of South Gate encourages replacing your existing lawn with drought tolerant landscaping. However, the City of South Gate’s codes require that the entire front and side yards must be landscaped with a live plant material.

To assist residents with creating a plan for drought tolerant landscaping, please refer to the County of Los Angeles drought tolerant landscape guidelines. A link to these guidelines can be found here.

Further assistance can be found by visiting the Community Development Department’s Planning Division at City Hall or by calling 323-563-9526. 

The Central Basin Municipal Water DistrictMetropolitan Water District of Southern California and Water Replenishment District offer rebate programs for turf removal, landscaping, and efficiency upgrades.