H.B. enacts stricter water usage rules

In the midst of a statewide drought, Huntington Beach unanimously voted to declare a level one water supply shortage to conserve water.

Surf City joins other Orange County cities, including Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Fullerton and Garden Grove, in an effort to abide by recently passed state regulations to reduce water use, Utilities Manager Brian Ragland said during a City Council meeting Monday.

Huntington Beach residents will now be restricted to using their sprinkler systems three days a week from April to October and twice a week from November through March.

The following is the city's sprinkler-usage schedule:

•Single family homes with even addresses, multi-family residential, home owners association common areas, businesses and schools: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from April to October; Mondays and Fridays from November to March.

•Single family homes with odd addresses: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from April to October; Tuesdays and Saturdays from November to March.

•Parks, medians and city facilities: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October; Sundays and Thursdays from November to March.

Leaks are also required to be repaired within 72 hours of discovery.

The city had been implementing rules from its updated water management program since 2009, which includes scheduling watering times between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., prohibiting excessive water run-off, barring washing off a driveway or sidewalk and requiring an automatic shut-off valve on hoses.

Those who break the law could receive up to a $1,000 fine, Ragland said.

Ragland added that the city will focus on educating the public about water use and conservation before turning to fines.

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