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Posted on: May 20, 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.

“As a community we have made great strides in water conservation, but we are now in the fourth year of a statewide drought and we must do more to secure our water reserves today to avoid more drastic cuts in the future,” said Dukku Lee, Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager. “We encourage our customers to conserve water as a way of life, and to utilize all of our programs and incentives to achieve our city-wide goal.”

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
    • Adjust landscape or turf watering to eliminate runoff

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
  • To assist Anaheim customers in adjusting to the new mandatory restrictions, Anaheim Public Utilities will provide education and community outreach through bill inserts and information on its website. Anaheim residents are encouraged to attend a Save Water Expo. This is a free community event offering visitors the opportunity to participate in water conservation workshops, demonstrations, and interactive activities. Information will also be available on the latest in drought-resistant landscapes, turf removal, indoor water conservation, and outdoor irrigation choices. The event will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ARTIC, the new transportation hub located at 2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805.

    For more information about the Save Water Expo, mandatory restrictions or rebate and incentive programs, visit

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