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Step 1: Make sure you are not running any water inside or outside your home.Step 2: Locate your water meter (in the ground by the entrance to your driveway and adjacent to the sidewalk). The cement lid to your meter box has a hole in the middle of it. Stick a large screwdriver in the hole at an angle to lift up the lid, and set the lid to the side of the box. The top of the meter extends out on one side so you can lift the cover and view the numbers on the digital screen underneath the cover. If the numbers on the far right of the digital screen are increasing when you are not using any water, you have a leak.Step 3: If you have a leak, your next step is to figure out if it is inside or outside your home. You can do this by turning off the water valve to your house (frequently located on the front of the house near your hose) and going back to your water meter. If the numbers have stopped increasing, your water leak is inside your house. If the numbers are still increasing, your water leak is outside of your house.Step 4: Turn the water valve to your house back on, put the meter cover back down and put the cement lid back in place over the meter box.Step 5: Identify the exact location of the leak and repair it to prevent further damage and/or water waste. Additional Water Leak information
The more flexible land use possibilities that the Specific Plan would allow include commercial, office and limited residential. Currently, the zoning in this area allows for light industrial and limited commercial businesses only. Project Area Map
Over the years, the Specific Plan area has experienced economic challenges as the demand for light industrial-type businesses declines and demand for commercial-type uses increases. While the City has worked extensively with property owners and managers to help place tenants through the City’s economic development efforts, current zoning constraints prevent staff from allowing commercial type businesses to move into the area.
The purpose of the Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan will be to provide a policy and zoning framework that will allow for additional land-use flexibility in the project area. The City’s goal is to encourage current and future property owners to invest in their property to take advantage of these new development options. This new flexibility will not only allow property owners and businesses to continue to operate as they do today, but will also provide a design framework in which a community activity center district could be created through private investment.
Another purpose of the Specific Plan is to foster the creation of a “Fountain Valley” scale main street experience for residents. This main street environment would provide a gathering place for families and all residents where they can shop and dine.
It is possible that if the Specific Plan is adopted and more retail businesses move into the area and are successful, there will be addition sales tax revenues generated, a portion of which will add to the City General Fund.
In 2015, the City received approximately $2.2 million is sales tax revenue from the businesses within the proposed Specific Plan area. Currently, property owners are limited in the retail businesses that are allowed under the light manufacturing zoning. By allowing more retail businesses to exist in the proposed Specific Plan area the sales tax revenue will be able to increase. Also important to note regarding retail businesses is that the Strategic Market Analysis performed by The Concord Group found that there is demand in the City for an additional 500,000 square feet of retail space. But the retail space is unlikely to be realized if there are not enough customers during all hours of the day and week to patronize the businesses. For this reason, the Strategic Market Analysis found and recommended that a limited amount of residential land uses are also important to include in new vision for the proposed Specific Plan area.
Also in 2015, the City saw approximately $550,000 in property tax revenue. It is important to note that the new Hyundai building, which only makes up 18-acres of the 155-acre Specific Plan area, generates approximately $200,000 in property tax revenue alone. This demonstrates the large difference in the contribution to the City’s tax revenue between properties that have received new investment and properties that have not. The Strategic Market Analysis found that in the future there will be about 350,000 square feet of new office space desired in the City.
The proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan generally adds the ability for property owners to lease their property to more types of businesses than they can under the current light manufacturing zoning. The proposed new flexibility in additional businesses that are allowed would increase the value of the property for the property owner. Additionally, retail businesses payer higher rents than light manufacturing businesses do. Therefore property owners would also be able to receive higher rents if they chose to as well.
The City has also considered the costs of providing services if the proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan is adopted and properties eventually start seeing new commercial, office and limited residential land uses. These services include police, fire, water, sewer, road maintenance, etc. In this assessment, it was found that the services would not need to be increased significantly and any increases in costs of services for the proposed Specific Plan area would be minimal.
There is no general fund spending involved in this project. Funding sources for the project include former Redevelopment Agency unused bond revenue and a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The bond revenue is money that can only be spent on projects such as this Specific Plan and cannot be used for general fund spending (i.e. police, fire, and administration operations). The grant obtained from SCAG is funding that is awarded to communities that pursue plans and projects that coordinate land use and transportation actions, demonstrate excellence in planning and design, and improve mobility, livability, and prosperity of the region.
The City of Fountain Valley is not funding any land acquisition or offering construction incentives related to the FV Crossings Specific Plan. The only funds being expended through the City are related to the above noted planning consulting teams.
How to comply:a) Implement a recycling program with Rainbow Environmental Services and save money by calling them at (714) 847-3581.b) Continue with your current trash collection procedure and receive no cost savings from recycling.c) Donate, sell or self-haul to an authorized recycling facility. Scavenging does not qualify for compliance purposes.
For complete information, go visit Rainbow Environmental Services at http://rainbowes.com/espartners.php.
See Section 8.53.110.
See Resolution 9341 for fees related to security, maintenance and registration for properties in foreclosure.
See Section 8.83.100 for penalties.
See Section 8.53.040 for Maintenance and Monitoring of Vacant Buildings.
See Section 8.53.60 for Security and Maintenance Requirements for Property in the Foreclosure Process.
If the property is vacant and/or abandoned, see Section 8.53.30 for Required Boarding and Maintenance of Vacant Buildings.
If the problem has been corrected, bring the citation to the FVPD front desk (correction fee of $16 is required). Our front desk staff can look at the citation and advise you of the required next step.
As an example, the Fountain Valley Municipal Code authorizes the police chief to set staffing levels at whatever level the chief feels appropriate. Courts have recognized this discretion rests solely with policy makers such as a police or fire chief or an elected City Council.
Don’t police officers or firefighters have any duty or responsibility? Of course they do; it’s called a “public duty doctrine”. This legal duty does not involve setting staffing at a particular level. A police officer’s duty to act affirmatively to, for example, perform CPR or make an arrest- is only mandated if a “special relationship” exists, which is a high standard to meet.
In summary, cities are not required to set staffing at given levels, even for first responders, and are under no threat of liability in this scenario.
You can easily find out where the problem might be by opening an outside spigot. If there is good water pressure, then the problem is somewhere within your plumbing system. Check all of the water valves to your home and make sure they are open all the way. The main water valve is usually located in front of the house before the hose bib. Additionally, check the water supply lines to the water fixtures and make sure those are also fully open. If all the water valves are fully open, check the water pressure throughout the house to see if the problem is isolated to one location. If the water pressure is low/weak throughout the house, you may have a pressure regulator that is in need of adjustment or repair. Pressure regulators are typically located right after your main water valve shutoff at the front of the house and have screens that need to be routinely cleaned. If they get plugged, they will prevent water from reaching your house. If the water pressure is low/weak in just a few areas, remove and check the faucet aerators to see if they are clogged. A plumber may need to be called to see if there are any plumbing issues inside the home. If water pressure is ok when you first open a valve but quickly drops off, you probably have an obstruction within your plumbing.
Are you taking any new medications that may affect your sense of smell or taste? Ask your doctor if any of your medications might be affecting your sense of taste or smell.
If you continue to experience smell or taste problems with your water, please call our water quality personnel at (714) 593-4624.
MWD imports water from the Colorado River via the Colorado River Aqueduct and from Northern California via the California Aqueduct, also known as the State Water Project. The City generally uses water from the Colorado River, Northern California and local wells and the mix varies throughout the year. Imported water is treated by MWD using chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia. The City uses chlorine to treat well water as it enters the distribution system. Because your water sources may vary or be made up of a blending of these various types of water, you may notice a difference in the taste or hardness (mineral content) of the water at different times of year. None of these factors affect the safety of your water. Having multiple sources of water is beneficial for Fountain Valley customers. Local groundwater is both higher in quality and lower in cost than imported water which must travel hundreds of miles through aqueduct systems. Having more than one source also improves the overall reliability of our water supply.
To see if the “white” color in the water is due to air, fill a clear glass with water and set it on the counter. Observe the glass of water for two or three minutes. If the “white” color is due to air, the water will begin to clear at the bottom of the glass first and then gradually clear all the way to the top. If the cloudiness does not clear after five minutes, call our water quality personnel at (714) 593-4624.
It is best to read the owner's manual for your dishwasher and follow the manufacturer's recommendations regarding settings for hard water. Some other tips that may help reduce spotting include using hotter water, varying the brand and type of rinse agent and detergent, and adding white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the dishwasher.For more information click, on the following link. Water Hardness in Fountain Valley
City Council adopted a resolution at their July 18, 2017, meeting ending the Level 1 Water Supply Watch Alert and returning the City to its standard Permanent Water Conservation Requirements, effective July 19, 2017. Fountain Valley has had permanent water conservation requirements in place since 2009 to promote the efficient use of water and reduce or eliminate water waste in the City. These requirements are in effect at all times and additional requirements may be implemented in response to water shortages. All water customers are required to comply with the water conservation requirements. For more information, visit
The City returned to its standard Permanent Water Conservation Requirements effective July 19, 2017. These requirements are in effect at all times and additional requirements may be implemented in response to water shortages.
Fountain Valley is continuing its efforts (in person, through letters, door hangers, etc.) to make customers aware of violations that occur. This will typically be a step-up process that focuses on education and assistance to help the customer remedy the issue. Customers who violate these regulations will be issued a warning for the first violation and will be subject to fines of up to $1,000 for continued violations.
Fountain Valley is doing many things to reduce water use on public property, such as using recycled water to irrigate landscapes, reducing irrigation run times, and replacing turf and other ornamentals with drought tolerant landscapes. The City has also stopped watering turf medians on public streets as mandated by the Governor's Executive Order and is exploring drought tolerant alternatives. Fountain Valley will also continue its outreach to the public regarding water conservation and available incentives for customers to install water efficient devices.
Outdoor watering is prohibited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station per day. (Note: Turning on sprinklers for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system is allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) No water runoff is permitted during outdoor watering. Watering during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall is also prohibited.
Yes. Hand watering using a watering can or a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Outdoor areas are usually broken up into smaller areas for irrigation purposes. One section is watered for a set amount of time and goes off. Then another section is watered and goes off until the entire area has been watered. Each section (usually controlled by its own sprinkler valve) is a "station." Therefore, each station can be watered for up to 15 minutes per station per day.
Outdoor watering is limited to a maximum of 15 minutes per station per day. For most irrigable areas and most irrigation systems, 15 minutes is too long and will result in runoff which is prohibited. The time frame was put in place to not only accommodate residential users, but also larger commercial and recreational areas that may need longer to cycle through each station. The combination of 15 minutes per station and no runoff should be self-limiting. If someone can water 15 minutes without creating runoff then they can do that. If runoff is created at 5 minutes, then that is the end of the watering time for that station.
Runoff is prohibited during outdoor watering. It carries pollutants to the ocean, wastes water and is a sign that too much water is being applied to the area. If you are experiencing runoff, reduce the amount of time that you are watering. If the area needs more water, try watering for a short amount of time before 7 a.m. and again after 7 p.m.. Just make sure that your total watering duration per station per day is not more than 15 minutes. You will probably find that you need less than 15 minutes per station per day. Overspray is different than runoff. Overspray is when sprinklers reach beyond the area being watered and spray hard surfaces, such as streets, sidewalks and driveways. This can be controlled by turning down sprinklers and/or adjusting the sprinkler heads to better direct the water. If you would like to replace your old sprinkler heads with more water efficient rotating sprinkler nozzles, rebates may be available at
The median is the center island in the middle of major streets around town that separate two directions of travel. Many of these have turf (grass) on them. It is these "turf medians" that will not be watered as mandated specifically in the Governor's Executive Order. The strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb is called the parkway. It is within City right-of-way, but it is the maintenance responsibility of the homeowner and can be watered on the same schedule as the rest of the outdoor landscaping. If you would like to remove turf in this area and replace it with synthetic or artificial turf or other drought tolerant landscaping, you may do so by requesting an encroachment permit from our Public Works staff. Please know that turf removal rebates might be available through the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC). If you would like more information about available rebates, please visit
There are a wide range of programs and incentives to help you reduce your daily water use. The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) and the City of Fountain Valley offer rebates on water efficient devices, like smart sprinkler timers and rotating sprinkler nozzles; rebates for replacing turf with California Friendly landscapes; free home water use surveys and water-wise gardening classes; and much more. For more information, visit
No. Landscape irrigation systems that exclusively use very low-flow drip type irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour and weather based controllers or stream rotor sprinklers that meet a seventy percent efficiency standard are not limited to no more than 15 minutes per station per day.
They are subject to the same restrictions regarding duration (no more than 15 minutes per station per day).
Absolutely! In fact, we would encourage that. To make the best use of this water, it is suggested that you use it during the evening hours or early morning to minimize evaporation.
The Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, Mile Square Park and the golf courses use reclaimed water for outdoor irrigation. Reclaimed water is not potable and is not subject to the water restrictions. Therefore, the watering schedule at the Sports Park will be set to maintain the fields in proper condition for the community's enjoyment.