What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?

Fountain Valley has permanent water conservation requirements in place to promote the efficient use of water and reduce or eliminate water waste in the City. These requirements are in effect at all times and additional requirements may be implemented in response to water shortages.

A Level 2 Water Supply Shortage was declared by the City Council of the City of Fountain Valley on June 21, 2022. As a result, additional water restrictions were implemented. The Level 2 Water Restrictions are effective July 1, 2022, until further notice. They include the following:

  • All users are required to reduce their water usage by 11-20%.
  • Watering is limited to 3 days a 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 to irrigate non-functional turf. Watering of trees and other perennial non-turf plants is allowed.

 All water customers are required to comply with the water conservation requirements. For more information, visit Water Restrictions.

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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 is the 11-20% reduction in water usage measured?
4. What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
5. How can I monitor my water usage?
6. How will the water restrictions be enforced?
7. Do the water restrictions apply to the use of recycled water for irrigation purposes?
8. What is non-functional turf?
9. What are commercial, industrial and institutional sites?
10. What is potable water?
11. How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
12. How are the time frames for each day determined?
13. Can I hand water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.?
14. What does no more than 15 minutes per station per day mean?
15. What if 15 minutes per station per day is too much?
16. If 3 days per week at 15 minutes per station = 45 minutes, can I spread my 45 minutes over more days in smaller increments?
17. How can I prevent runoff?
18. What resources are available to help me reduce my water use?
19. Watering of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited. What is a public street median?
20. Do drip irrigation systems have the same restrictions?
21. How are soaker hoses treated?
22. 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?
23. Is the City encouraging gray water systems?
24. Why are they watering during the day at Mile Square Park?
25. How do I report water waste?