Water Supply Watch Alert Declared
On July 19, 2016, the City of Fountain Valley City Council declared a Level 1 - Water Supply Watch Alert in response to the ongoing severe drought, the Governor's Executive Order B-37-16 and the State Water Resources Control Board's self-certification approach that requires the City of Fountain Valley to reduce its water consumption by 10%. All water customers are required to adjust their water use to comply with the water conservation regulations described below. The new water conservation regulations take effect July 20, 2016, and will remain in effect until further notice. Customers who violate 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.
Water Conservation Regulations & Their Affect on You
The average residential household in Orange County uses approximately 50% of its total monthly usage outdoors. Therefore, the focus of Fountain Valley's water conservation regulations is outdoor water use. Here’s what you need to know:
- Outdoor watering is limited to 3 days per week, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., per the schedule below.
- Outdoor watering is limited to 15 minutes per station per day.
- No water runoff during outdoor watering.
- No outdoor watering during and within 48 hours following measureable rainfall.
- Washing of vehicles is prohibited, except with the use of an automatic shut-off nozzle or at a commercial car wash.
- No filling or refilling of pools or spas, except to prevent or repair structural damage or for public health.
- No hosing down hard or paved surfaces.
- Repair leaks within 3 days.
- Any new planting shall be drought-tolerant plants.
- Water fountains and decorative water features that do not use recirculated water are prohibited.
- Washing equipment, machinery or the exterior of structures, including pressure washing, is only permitted if the hose is equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- New homes and buildings must use drip or micro-spray systems for outside irrigation.
- Restaurants are only allowed to serve drinking water upon request.
- Hotels and motels must provide option to not have towels or linens laundered daily.
These regulations are in effect at all times and additional regulations may be implemented in response to continued drought conditions. For more information, please view the City's Water Conservation Ordinance (PDF).
- What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?
- When did the restrictions go into effect?
- How is the 10% mandated reduction for Fountain Valley measured?
- How will the water restrictions be enforced?
- Why isn't the City making this more of an incentive-based approach rather than a punitive-based approach?
- How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
- What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
- How are the time frames for each day determined?