Pasadena Watering Schedule

Effective August 16, 2021

Note: the above schedule is subject to change.

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In Pasadena, the following instances of water waste are prohibited:

  • Outdoor watering is limited to the following schedule for Summer (April 1 - October 31): Even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays and Thursdays and odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and Fridays (effective August 16, 2021).
  • Outdoor watering is limited to the following schedule for Winter (November 1 - March 31): One day a week only; even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays and odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays. 
  • All watering must be done before 9 a.m and after 6 p.m.
  • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks, or other sprinkler system malfunctions when they find them, or within 48 hours of receiving a notice from PWP.
  • Filling or re-filling ornamental lakes or ponds is prohibited, except as needed to sustain aquatic life.

Permanent Water Waste Prohibitions

Pasadena also has Permanent Water Waste Prohibitions in place, which include:

  • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system
  • No watering during and within 48 hours after periods of significant rain
  • No water flow or runoff: Watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas in a manner that causes or allows runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited
  • No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind


These restrictions do not apply to the exemptions outlined in the Pasadena Municipal Code, which include:

  • Landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use low flow drip type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than 2 gallons of water per hour;
  • Watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle or device;
  • Watering for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system;
  • Maintenance of trees as necessary to sustain their health and viability;
  • Maintenance of vegetation, including fruit trees and shrubs, intended for consumption;
  • Maintenance of landscape for fire protection

To learn more about Pasadena's permanent water waste restrictions and city ordinance, please click here.