City Council adopted a resolution at their July 18, 2017, meeting ending the Level 1 Water Supply Watch Alert and returning the City to its standard Permanent Water Conservation Requirements (FVMC 14.18.040), effective July 19, 2017. This action was in response to Governor Brown's Executive Order B-40-17 which declared an end to California's drought state of emergency after a very wet winter that improved the State's water supplies.
Water Conservation Requirements - What You Need to Know
The end of the drought does not mean the end of water conservation. Fountain Valley has had permanent water conservation requirements in place since 2009 to promote the efficient use of water and reduce or eliminate the waste of water in the City. These requirements are in effect at all times and additional requirements may be implemented in response to water shortages.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Outdoor watering is prohibited between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station per day.
- No water runoff during outdoor watering.
- No watering during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
- No washing down of hard or paved surfaces, including sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc., except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards.
- All new plants should be drought tolerant.
- Leaks must be fixed within 3 days of notice.
- Fountains and decorative water features must use recirculated water.
- Washing of vehicles is prohibited, except with the use of an automatic shut-off nozzle or at a commercial car wash.
- Swimming pools shall not be emptied and refilled except to prevent or repair structural damage or to comply with public health regulations.
- The City is prohibited from watering turf medians on public streets.
- Hotels/Motels must provide the option to not have towels and linens laundered daily.
- Food Service Facilities are required to use water conserving dish wash spray valves, serve drinking water only upon request and other miscellaneous requirements.
- For complete details and specific construction related restrictions, refer to FVMC 14.18.040.
Anyone who violates these regulations will be issued a warning for the first violation and will be subject to fines of up to $1,000 for continued violations.
Although watering is no longer limited to specific days of the week, the City encourages everyone to "Make Conservation a California Way of Life" by continuing the water-wise practices they adopted during the drought, including limiting watering to no more than 3 days a week.
- What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?
- When did the restrictions go into effect?
- How will the water restrictions be enforced?
- How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
- What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
- Can I hand water between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.?
- What does no more than 15 minutes per station per day mean?
- What if 15 minutes per station per day is too much?