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2-Day Per Week Watering Schedule

Cracked EarthCalifornia is currently experiencing a historic drought that is affecting the entire state, and these conditions are likely to continue into the foreseeable future. In response to the lowest Sierra snowpack in recorded history and the ongoing severe drought conditions, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-29-15 on April 1 calling for statewide mandatory water reductions to assist California in becoming more drought resilient. The Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. For general statewide drought information visit the link California Drought. For the latest weekly news, click the link for the Governor's Weekly Statewide Drought Briefing.

While the 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. Beginning 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 Water Supply Alert.

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.

EFFECTIVE May  1, 2016, ALL DISTRICT CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO:

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.

ALL DISTRICT CUSTOMERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM:

  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.

PAST EFFORTS IN THE REGION:

  • Orange County is a long-time leader in water efficiency. Since 1990, residents have reduced their average daily use by 25 percent.
  • Since 2013, daily water use in Orange County has decreased by approximately 10 percent.
  • Orange County has one of the most robust water use efficiency programs in the state.
    • Regional water use efficiency efforts have saved over one hundred billion gallons of water since 1990, that's enough water to serve the entire population of San Francisco for 3 years.
  • Thanks to our long-standing commitment to water efficiency, Orange County's population has grown by 25 percent since 1990 yet total water use has decreased.
  • Southern California agencies have invested $12 billion  over the past 20 years to increase water use efficiency and develop local supplies.

WEATHER:

  • 2015  is the fourth consecutive year of one of the worst droughts in California's history.
  • 2014 was the hottest year and 2013 was the driest year on record in the state.
  • Due to these unprecedented hot and dry conditions, we'ver used nearly half the water stored in the regions reservoirs.

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