Water Conservation

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The City adopted an amended ordinance for water conservation and raised its water restriction to Level  2 effective August 1, 2015.

Please note the following measures:

1. Watering Limited to Three Days a Week before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.  Residential and commercial landscape irrigation is limited to no more than three assigned days per week based on a schedule established by the city’s water retailer as seen below. This section does not apply to commercial growers or nurseries.


2. No Excessive Water Flow or Runoff.  Watering in a manner that results in overspray or excessive runoff onto paved or hardscaped areas is prohibited.

3. Water Fountains and Decorative Water Features must have a water recirculation system.

4. No Watering with 48 hours After Measurable Rainfall.  Watering any lawn or landscape area at any time within 48 hours after a measurable rainfall is prohibited.  For the purposes of this regulation, a “measurable rainfall” means at least .25 inches of rainfall over a 24-hour period based on the rainfall precipitation map maintained by the Los County Department of Public Works, Water Resource Division, for the monitoring location listed as “Rolling Hills” or if such station is eliminated, then the monitoring station closest to the city’s boundary will be used.

5. Repair of Leaks within 72 hours.  No person may permit or cause to permit the excess use, loss or escape of water through breaks, leaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system for any period of time after such escape of water should have reasonably been discovered or corrected. All leaks must be repaired upon discovery, but no later than within 72 hours of notification by the city or the city’s water retailer unless other arrangements are made with the city or the city’s water retailer.

6. Washing Vehicles.  Washing any automobile, truck, van, bus, motorcycle, boat or any other vehicle is restricted to the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device. This provision does not apply to a commercial car washing facility.

7. Washing Hard or Paved Surfaces. Washing of hard or paved surfaces, including sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or alleys, is prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards or as surface preparation for the application of any architectural coating or painting. All such permitted washing must be done by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off device, a low-volume, high-pressure cleaning machine, or a low-volume high-pressure water broom.

8. Drinking Water Served on Request. All eating and drinking establishments of any kind including any restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, bar or club, whether public or private, may only provide drinking water to any person upon an express request.

9. Restaurants Required to Use Water Conserving Technology. All eating and drinking establishments that require washing or cleaning of kitchen or dining room area flooring must do so using a hand-held bucket or similar container, a mop using bucket or similar container, or "waterbroom" technologies.  Such establishments must also utilize water conserving nozzles on pre-rinse spray valves.

10. Commercial Lodging Establishment Linen Service. All hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts must provide customers with an option of choosing to have towels and linens laundered daily. The establishment must prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom and sleeping room using clear and easily understood language.

11. Commercial Car Wash Businesses. On or after January 1, 2012, all "conveyor" style car wash systems must have and maintain water recycling systems.

Water conservation tips to consider:

  • Use pool covers to reduce evaporation.
  • Time your irrigation sprinklers to be water no more than 10 minutes per watering station.
  • Reduce shower times; every minute you shorten equates to 75 gallons/month.
  • Consider replacing your toilet with a high efficiency toilet (rebates available).
  • Turn off faucets while brushing teeth; this can save 70 gallons/month.
  • Use native plants when redoing your garden.
  • Use a broom to clean patios, walkways and driveways instead of a hose. 
  • Be sure your sprinkler heads aren’t broken, auto timers are appropriately adjusted and there are no hidden leaks.
  • Work to educate your gardener on new regulations and be sure your gardener shows you how to operate your sprinkler system so you can make adjustments when needed.
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs to reduce evaporation.
  • Schedule a water-use efficiency evaluation through CalWater.

Take note of the following water conservation programs available through West Basin Water District and CalWater

  • Rain barrels to capture and reuse rainwater (rebates or free dependent on season)
  • Ocean-friendly, California native plant garden workshops
  • Water efficient sprinkler exchanges
  • Turf lawn removal rebates
  • High-efficiency toilets and clothes washer rebates
  • Free sprinkler nozzles
  • Water efficient smart controller rebate or exchange
  • Water-use efficiency evaluation
  • Conservation kits


Ordinance No. 699 - Amended Water Shortage & Water Conservation Management Plan

Resolution 2353 Declaring Level 2 Water Conservation Response

Be Water Wise - Water Saving Tips






If you have questions related to your water bill, water budget, appeal process, conservation programs, please contact the City’s water supplier, CalWater's Call Center directly at (844) 726-8579.