Water Use Efficiency

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Laguna Beach County Water District and its customers have taken significant steps over the years to reduce water use, continued effort is necessary in order to extend the State's diminishing water supplies and meet the mandatory 25 percent reduction. Effective May 1, 2016, District customers must limit outdoor watering to two days per week (Monday and Thursday) and only before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. In addition, all District customers must adhere to the prohibitions listed below.

NOTE: Not all Laguna Beach residents live within the District's boundaries, portions of South Laguna are served by the South Coast Water District. For a list of South Coast Water District Restrictions follow this link: South Coast Water District Watering Days.

The District’s goal is to help customers achieve compliance through education and assistance. Expanded rebate programs and the District’s free Waterwise House Call are available to all eligible customers. Just a few changes in routine can make a big difference in your water usage. For more tips and suggestions on ways you can conserve water, visit www.bewaterwise.com.


Limit watering of landscapes that use sprinklers to no more than two days per week (Monday and Thursday), and only before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. with a maximum of 10 minutes per sprinkler station/zone with no run-off. The 10-minute provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including, but not limited to: weather-based (or 'smart') irrigation controllers, drip/microspray emitters, stream rotor sprinklers, and high-efficiency rotating sprinkler nozzles. Watering of landscaped areas not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system (bucket, hand-held hose with shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation) must limit watering to two days per week.

The District strongly recommends that customers cover their pools and spas to reduce evaporation. A pool (12-feet x 30-feet) that is covered 70 percent of the time can save as much as 12,700 gallons of water every year.


  1. Allowing excess irrigation water to flow onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  2. Washing vehicles without using a bucket or hose with a  shutoff nozzle.
  3. Hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.
  4. Using irrigation systems during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  5. Operating decorative water fountains or water features that do not recirculate water.
  6. Permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired.
  7. Serving water in restaurants unless specifically requested.
  8. Not providing Hotel guests with the option to not launder linens.
  9. Using water from fire hydrants without Authorization.
  10. Using potable water on turf in public street medians.
  11. Using potable water in newly constructed homes and buildings that do not use drip or microspray.
  12. Using water wastefully without purpose.

Violations are subject to fines. First Violation: Warning, Second Violation: $100, Third Violation: $250, Fourth Violation: $500. The above is in accordance to District Resolution No. 797, a resolution of the Board of Directors of Laguna Beach County Water District of Orange County, California calling for activation of the District's "Level 1 - Water Supply Shortage Alert (Water Alert)" Pursuant to District Ordinance 100.