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If the City’s water restrictions are not enforced, the City can be fined up to $10,000 per day by the State. Both the City and its water customers will be held responsible for these water restrictions. We’re all in this together.
The punitive aspects of the drought ordinance are due to the fact that the State has the ability to fine the City $10,000 per day if the City doesn't achieve the 10% reduction. The enforcement structure for the City is:1st Violation - Warning2nd Violation - $100 Fine3rd Violation - $200 Fine4th Violation - $500 FineAdditional Violations - $1,000 Each
The goal is voluntary compliance. The fines are for those who continue to ignore the restrictions or have a general disregard for the severity of the drought.
"Per day" refers to assigned watering day. It does not mean every day.
Therefore, each station can be watered for up to 15 minutes per assigned watering day.
If you are experiencing runoff, reduce the amount of time that you are watering. If the area needs more water, try watering for a short amount of time in the early morning (between midnight and 7 a.m.) and in the late evening (7 p.m. to midnight) on your assigned watering day. Just make sure that your total watering duration per station per watering day is not more than 15 minutes. You will probably find that you need less than 15 minutes per station per watering day.
Overspray is different than runoff. Overspray is when sprinklers reach beyond the area being watered and spray hard surfaces, such as streets, sidewalks and driveways. This can be controlled by turning down sprinklers and/or adjusting the sprinkler heads to better direct the water. If you would like to replace your old sprinkler heads with more water efficient rotating sprinkler nozzles, rebates are available at www.ocwatersmart.com.
The strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb is called the parkway. It is within City right-of-way, but it is the maintenance responsibility of the homeowner and can be watered on the same schedule as the rest of the outdoor landscaping. If you would like to remove turf in this area and replace it with synthetic or artificial turf or other drought tolerant landscaping, you may do so by requesting an encroachment permit from our Public Works staff. Please know that turf removal rebates might be available through the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC). If you would like more information about available rebates, please visit www.ocwatersmart.com.