On June 21, 2022, the City of Fountain Valley City Council declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage in response to ongoing drought conditions, the Governor’s Executive Order N-7-22 and the State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations.
Based on the City’s annual water supply and demand assessment, a water supply shortage does not exist in the City of Fountain Valley. The City is fortunate to have access to groundwater from both a natural underground aquifer managed by the Orange County Water District and water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. However, we can still do our part to conserve water.
Water conservation is the easiest, most efficient, and most cost-effective way to quickly reduce water demand and extend limited water supplies through this summer and into next year. Water saved is water available next year. The more water that is conserved now, the less likely it is that we will experience dire shortages that may require water rationing or other emergency actions in the future.
Fountain Valley residents and businesses know how to conserve water and continue to follow the City’s permanent water conservation requirements. Now that a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage has been declared, the following ADDITIONAL measures will be in effect as of July 1, 2022:
All users are required to reduce their usage by 11-20%.
This reduction is a community effort and will not be enforced at the individual water customer level. Since over 50% of water is used outdoors, the Level 2 Restrictions focus on limiting outdoor water use as an effective means of reducing the community's overall water usage.
Outdoor watering is limited to 3 days per week as scheduled.
Odd Addresses – Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
Even Addresses – Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Sites – Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Commercial, Industrial & Institutional sites, including HOAs, are prohibited from using potable water for the irrigation of non-functional turf.
Non-functional turf is turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events. It does not include sports fields, parks, school fields, etc. This restriction only applies to commercial, industrial and institutional water users, including HOAs. It does not apply to individual residences. Watering of trees and other perennial non-turf plants is allowed.
Remember, we’re all in this together! The City is doing its part by restricting outdoor watering to 3 days a week (as assigned on Monday, Wednesday & Friday) at all of the City's properties, facilities, parks, right-of-ways, etc. The City has also stopped irrigating the areas of non-functional turf identified at City Hall, the Senior Center, Fire Station No. 2, the City Yard and Well #8.
For more information about Fountain Valley’s new and permanent water conservation requirements, as well as rebate programs to help customers reduce their water use and save money, visit the City's website.
Please note that Level 2 and permanent water conservation measures do not apply to the use of recycled water. The Fountain Valley Sports Park, Mile Square Park, David L. Baker Golf Course, Mile Square Golf Course, Green Valley Park, Hyundai Motor America and areas along the Santa Ana River Trail utilize recycled water for landscape irrigation purposes and are not subject to the watering restrictions.