Most California water districts have no choice but to save water this summer. They’re facing mandatory requirements from the state to cut back between 8 and 36 percent.

That depends on their customers, of course. Each Bay Area water district has passed its own rules on how residents can and can’t use water. Find out if you’re following – or flouting – those requirements.

Click to see restrictions by water district:

Apart from water districts, some cities, like San Jose, have passed their own water conservation standards.

Research by Johanna Varner and Grace Singer. Produced by Lindsey Hoshaw.

Drought Rules: What You Can Water and When 21 August,2015Lauren Sommer


Lauren Sommer

Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, Science Friday and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.

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