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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.
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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 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.