Watering of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited. What is a public street median?

A public street median is the portion of the roadway separating opposing directions of traffic that is owned and maintained by a public entity, such as the City. 

The strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb is called the parkway. It is within City right-of-way, but it belongs to the homeowner and is the maintenance responsibility of the homeowner. Parkways 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 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 turf removal and available rebates, visit our Turf Removal webpage.

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1. What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?
2. When did the restrictions go into effect?
3. How will the water restrictions be enforced?
4. How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
5. What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
6. Can I hand water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.?
7. What does no more than 15 minutes per station per day mean?
8. What if 15 minutes per station per day is too much?
9. How can I prevent runoff?
10. Watering of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited. What is a public street median?
11. What resources are available to help me reduce my water use?
12. Do drip irrigation systems have the same restrictions?
13. How are soaker hoses treated?
14. Can I use water that I capture in a bucket in the shower while the water is warming up or water I used for cooking vegetables to water my plants?
15. Is the City encouraging gray water systems?
16. Why are they watering during the day at Mile Square Park?