Water Conservation

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

For the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

To save more water now, the order will also:

  • Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments.
  • Direct the creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models;
  • Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use; and
  • Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used, and ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

Public Notice: Huntington Beach is Currently in Our Level 1 Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions

On August 18, 2014, the Huntington Beach City Council passed Resolution 2014-61 to declare a Level 1 Water Shortage for the City of Huntington Beach. This limits automated outdoor irrigation to no more than two (2) days per week through March. Residents have been notified by the ordinance brochures, bill inserts, the internet, and newspapers.

Huntington Beach Municipal Code 14.18.060 - Level 1 Water Supply Shortage


irrigation schedule



The City of Huntington Beach prefers to work with residents and businesses to help reduce water waste. Contact our Water Conservation Hotline at (714) 536-5922 or visit our website at www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/hbwater for more information on rebates, events and water conservation tips.

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The Turf Removal Program online applications are available through

the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC).

turf removalTurf Removal Program Application (click here)


Various rebates and incentives offered by Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) (click here)

Some of these rebates are the same as the rebates offered in the SoCal Water $mart program.


NEW: HB Water Conservation Hotlinehttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608042450226121713&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

(714) 536-5922

The Utilities Division has set up a new “HB Water Conservation Hotline”. Use this number to report water waste situations, to find out the current water conservation regulations, ways to conserve water, or information on rebate programs. When reporting water waste, please leave a detailed message stating the address, time of occurrence, and the day of the week. We all must do our part to conserve our most precious resource, and even more so during this drought emergency.




http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608013046871952320&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0Another way to report water waste is to use the online Surf City Pipeline on the City’s website to create a service request. Go to www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/services -- Service Request tab. Select “Water Conservation” for the topic.



Water Conservation Tips: What does a 20% reduction in water use look like? click here


California Emergency Drought Declared January 17th, 2014, by Governor Brown.

After two years of record dry conditions, Governor Brown officially declared a state drought emergency on January 17th. Governor Brown is asking all California institutions, residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20%.

Interesting and illustrative infographic showing ten dry years in California (2003-2014)

Huell Howser's award winning series on Californias water

As residents in beautiful Southern California, we need to be aware that we live in a coastal desert where precipitation patterns are highly unpredictable. Our local water resources are limited and we rely upon water imported from the Colorado River and Northern California, hundreds of miles away. It is always important to use water wisely and be efficient with our precious water resources, and it is even more important during a drought.

Shasta Lake 2014

Lake Shasta, the state's largest water reservoir is only at 45% capacity, March 2014.

If we cut water waste and use water more efficiently, our existing supplies will go further. That’s why water conservation and the promotion of water use efficiency are significant components of City of Huntington Beach’s Water Supply and Management Program.

For more information or questions, please call the Utilities Division at (714) 536-5922.

* * * The Turf Removal Program has increased to $2 per sq.ft. to help alleviate water demand due to the severe and exceptional drought conditions in California. Please Use Water Wisely! * * *

News & Resources

$2 per square foot Turf Removal Program

If you are thinking of replacing boring and thirsty turf grass with beautiful and climate appropriate plants, we encourage you to apply to the highly successful Turf Removal program. Receive $2 for every square foot of turf grass you replace with low water use plants and other permeable surfaces.

Turf Removal program; Before and After pictures



The first class in our popular three-part series starts January 24th. To register and to learn more, please go to the Workshops & Events tab. You choose if you want to attend all three classes or only one.

Huntington Beach home with a beautiful low water use yard.

Check out our Huntington Beach Water Wise Gardening website for inspiration, photos of amazing gardens, great tips and incredible resources to help you get started! This is a an excellent resource to learn about great looking water wise plants you may want to include in your own garden.

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The Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach is well worth a visit as it showcases California Native plants, nature trails and local wildlife. Shipley is a tranquil and natural garden sanctuary!

The California Native Garden at the Golden West College is an award winning beautiful native garden where butterflies and hummingbirds dance and feast and humans enjoy, learn and smile.

Two Huntington Beach residents have created a great website describing their journey from a lawn to conscientious and passionate owners of a fabulous Water and Ocean Friendly Garden

Dry Garden Resources

Inspirational and educational places and events all over Southern California

Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano offers great quality events as usual.

Check their website for their free on-going expert guest speaker series!


If you have a high water bill or suspect a leak, or if you are interested in learning more about water conservation, the Water Use Efficiency team offers free home indoor and outdoor water surveys. Please call (714) 536-5922 to schedule an appointment!


Water is wasted by watering the street

More than 50% of our potable water is used for irrigation. If we cut water waste like watering asphalt, we can save a lot of water with very little effort!


Did you know?

The Public Works Graffiti Removal program responds to over 2,500 reports of graffiti on public and private property throughout the city.  Request Graffiti removal online.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Public Works Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 536-5431
Fax: (714) 374-1573
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