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On May 19, 2015, the Anaheim City Council has approved an ordinance to restrict landscape watering to two days per week, in an effort to reduce daily water use during the ongoing drought. The ordinance will help Anaheim achieve its required water reduction target of 20% set by the State Water Control Resources Board.

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The following landscape watering schedule is in effect citywide to conserve water and eliminate waste: 


Watering of landscape or turf is limited to 2 days per week

  • Homes with street addresses ending in an odd number are allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday
  • Homes with street addresses ending in an even number are allowed to water on Sunday and Thursday
  • Watering is limited to a maximum of 8 minutes for standard sprinklers and  bubblers; and 15 minutes for high efficiency nozzles per irrigation station per assigned day; with an exemption for drip irrigation
  • Landscape irrigation is limited to before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to reduce evaporative water waste, except spot watering with a hose and nozzle, or as necessary for irrigation system maintenance and repairs
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In addition to the new landscape watering schedule, the following mandatory water conservation measures are in effect:

  • Avoid using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shutoff nozzle
  • Do not wash down driveways and sidewalks with potable water, except to address an immediate health and safety need
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature is prohibited, unless the water is re-circulated
  • The elimination of fire hydrant flushing for City hydrants, unless the discharged water is captured/reused; or the flushing is needed for immediate public health and safety reasons; or to ensure compliance with drinking water standards
  • Restaurants and food establishments may only serve and refill water for patrons upon request
  • Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments must prominently display notices that laundering towels and linens daily is optional

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