What are the mandatory water use restrictions set by the ordinance?

Mandatory restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Irrigation or watering that results in ponding, flooding, and excessive runoff
  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other hard-surfaced areas
  • Using hoses without quick-acting positive shutoff nozzles
  • Using water for cleaning building or mobile home exteriors except for the preparation of such exterior surfaces for the purpose of repair or repainting (only allowed with the use of a pressurized washing device equipped with a quick-acting positive shutoff nozzle)
  • Draining and refilling existing swimming pools
  • Use of single pass cooling systems in new (non-residential) connections
  • Use of non-recirculating systems in new conveyor car wash and commercial laundry systems
  • Use of decorative water fountains
  • Leaks and breaks within customers’ plumbing that are not fixed within 72 hours after the leak is discovered
  • Landscape irrigation during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall
  • Using potable water on ornamental turf in public street medians
  • Irrigation for lawns or other landscape areas using overhead irrigation is limited to the following schedule:

Irrigation days per week

Irrigation restrictions do not apply to the following categories of use: 

  • Watering or irrigating with drip or other subsurface irrigation systems 
  • Watering trees with bubblers 
  • Watering or irrigating trees that are on a separate valve that irrigates trees only. 
  • Watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container. 
  • Watering water-efficient landscaping to get low water use, drought tolerant, or native plants established with a hose equipped with a shut off nozzle, or other acceptable means (i.e., bucket, watering can, greywater). 
  • Watering for very short periods of time (5 minutes maximum per valve) for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system.  
  • Maintenance of existing landscape necessary for fire protection. 
  • Maintenance of existing landscape for soil erosion control. 
  • Maintenance of plant materials identified to be rare or essential to the well-being of protected species. 
  • Actively irrigated environmental mitigation projects. 
  • Maintenance of vegetation, including fruit trees and shrubs, intended for consumption. 
  • Note: Maintenance of landscape for the purposes listed above should be done with drip or in-line irrigation systems, wherever feasible.

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1. Why has ACWD declared a water shortage emergency?
2. I’m already saving water. What more can I do to conserve? How am I supposed to conserve an additional 15%?
3. Do I need to stop watering my trees?
4. What if I have special circumstances and need to use water for an item that is considered a mandatory restricion?
5. I have noticed water waste occurring in my neighborhood, at work, etc. How do I report it?
6. What is a water shortage emergency?
7. When will the water supply emergency go into effect?
8. Does ACWD have water use restrictions due to the drought?
9. How does the water shortage emergency and ordinance affect customers?
10. What are the mandatory water use restrictions set by the ordinance?
11. What are the voluntary water use guidelines set by the ordinance?
12. What if I see someone violating the ordinance mandatory restrictions?
13. What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
14. I have noticed some parks and sports fields being irrigated more than the schedule outlined in the ordinance. Why is this happening?
15. Why is the use of decorative water fountains prohibited by ACWD's Ordinance Declaring a Water Shortage Emergency and Adopting Water Use Regulations, Restrictions, and Guidelines?
16. How long will the water shortage emergency last and restrictions remain in place?
17. Is drought a result of climate change?
18. Do I need to let my lawn dry out? Will my lawn die due to the reduced irrigation schedule?
19. Does ACWD have enough water?
20. Why is new development and construction allowed during drought and even during this water shortage emergency?
21. I am interested in water conservation. What rebates does ACWD offer residential and commercial customers?
22. I want to put in a new lawn; if I do, will there be restrictions on how much I can water it?
23. Why doesn't your lawn removal rebate program cover artificial turf or concrete if replacing my lawn with these saves water?
24. What is ACWD doing to reduce its water use?
25. Are there any restrictions for draining and filling my pool?
26. Why is the District flushing mains in a drought?
27. Why are some fire hydrants open with water discharging?
28. Why doesn't ACWD recapture the water discharged from fire hydrants in the Main Cleaning Program?
29. Does the State of California offer a lawn removal rebate program I can participate in?
30. Will you be raising your $2/square foot rebate amount for your lawn removal program?
31. Will the District raise rates because of the drought?
32. With drought and fire season approaching, do you offer rebates for removal of other types of landscape, like trees?