When did the restrictions go into effect?

The City has had permanent water conservation requirements in place since 2009 to promote the efficient use of water and reduce or eliminate waste of water in the City. These requirements are in effect at all times and additional requirements may be implemented in response to water shortages.

The City Council of the City of Fountain Valley approved an ordinance repealing and reenacting Chapter 14.18 of the Fountain Valley Municipal Code pertaining to water conservation on June 1, 2021. This action was taken to update the City's Water Conservation Ordinance (FVMC 14.18) to be consistent with the new requirements of the updated California Water Code Section 10632 and the City's 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.


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1. What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?
2. When did the restrictions go into effect?
3. How will the water restrictions be enforced?
4. How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
5. What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
6. Can I hand water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.?
7. What does no more than 15 minutes per station per day mean?
8. What if 15 minutes per station per day is too much?
9. How can I prevent runoff?
10. Watering of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited. What is a public street median?
11. What resources are available to help me reduce my water use?
12. Do drip irrigation systems have the same restrictions?
13. How are soaker hoses treated?
14. Can I use water that I capture in a bucket in the shower while the water is warming up or water I used for cooking vegetables to water my plants?
15. Is the City encouraging gray water systems?
16. Why are they watering during the day at Mile Square Park?