Following is a list of conservation measures cities have enacted. “Restricted” means watering is not allowed during daytime hours and, in most cases, night watering is allowed only every other day, based on odd/even dates corresponding with odd/even addresses.
There are some exceptions to the restrictions and prohibitions. For example, lawn watering is allowed if a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle, a bucket or drip-irrigation system is used. Fountains may be operated if they use recycled water, and water may be served in restaurants if customers request it.
A (+) means the restriction has already been enacted. All phone numbers are 714 area code unless otherwise indicated.
RESTRICTED For More Information Landscape Pool/Spa Car City Phone Watering Refilling Washing Anaheim 563-0564 + Brea 990-7757 + + + Buena Park 521-9900 Costa Mesa* 754-5688 Cypress 229-6745 Dana Point 248-3560 Fountain 965-4493 Valley Fullerton 738-6886 Garden Grove 741-5395 Huntington 536-5599 Beach Irvine* 724-7609 La Habra (213) 905-9701 + + La Palma 523-1140 Laguna Beach 497-0705 Laguna Niguel 643-1610 Los Alamitos 827-8670 Mission Viejo 582-2489 Newport Beach 644-3011 Orange 288-2475 Placentia 993-8117 San Clemente 361-8259 + + + San Juan 493-1171 + Capistrano Santa Ana 565-4018 + Seal Beach 828-8550 Stanton 220-2220 + Tustin 544-8890 Villa Park 998-1500 Westminster 898-3311 Yorba Linda 777-3018
PROHIBITED Water Washing Operating Served in Down Car Pool/Spa City Fountains Restaurants Pavement Washing Refilling Anaheim + + + + Brea + + + Buena Park Costa Mesa* Cypress Dana Point Fountain Valley Fullerton Garden Grove Huntington Beach Irvine* La Habra + + + + La Palma Laguna Beach Laguna Niguel Los Alamitos Mission Viejo Newport Beach Orange Placentia San + + + Clemente San Juan + + + + Capistrano Santa Ana + + + + Seal Beach Stanton + + + Tustin Villa Park Westminster Yorba Linda
New Construction City Permits Anaheim Brea Buena Park Costa Mesa* Cypress Dana Point Fountain Valley Fullerton Garden Grove Huntington Beach Irvine* La Habra + La Palma Laguna Beach Laguna Niguel Los Alamitos Mission Viejo Newport Beach Orange Placentia San Clemente San Juan Capistrano Santa Ana Seal Beach Stanton Tustin Villa Park Westminster Yorba Linda
* These cities are served by water districts that have the authority to pass water restriction ordinances. Costa Mesa is served by the Mesa Consolidated Water District; Irvine is served by the Irvine Ranch Water District.
Source: Individual cities
Pool Water Conservation
The back yard swimming pools that dot the Southern California landscape account for a significant amount of residential water consumption.
According to the Metropolitan Water District, about 14.5% of homes in Southern California have pools, accounting for 2% of all single-family water use in the area.
The best advice for pool owners is to cover their pools. Uncovered, a pool loses 70 gallons per day through evaporation, says Dave Bezanson of Mission Pools. “Covered you lose 15% of that, about 15 gallons.”
Bezanson recommends installing a septic tank to recycle the 200 gallons of water used to clean the pool filter every two or three months. The tank removes dirt cleaned out of the filter and the water is sent back to the pool instead of being flushed down the drain.
Check the pool for leads by marking the water line on the pool and chicking it again after 24 hours. Also, if you have an automatic water leveler, turn it off for a week to see if the pool leaks.
Turn off the pool heater; it simply causes water to evaporate.
Average pool measures 15 ft. by 30 ft., has a depth of 6.5 ft. and holds 22,000 gallons.
Source: Metropolitan Water District