Public Notice: Huntington Beach Has Moved
Into 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 three (3) days per week through October. Residents will be notified by bill inserts, the internet, and newspapers.
Huntington Beach Municipal Code 14.18.060 - Level 1 Water Supply Shortage
- Automated outdoor irrigation is limited to no more than three (3) days per week during April through October, and no more than two (2) days per week during November through March (see schedule below).
- Leaks, breaks or malfunctions must be corrected within 72 hours of notification.
Level 1 Irrigation Schedule
Single Family - Even Address
Single Family - Odd Address
Multi Family Residential
HOA Common Areas
1 = Begin watering after 10:00 p.m. and into the next morning.
Exempt from Irrigation Restrictions = Cemeteries, nurseries, and other commercial growers
X = Days when irrigation is allowed all year
S = Days when irrigation is allowed April through October only
In addition to the Level 1 Restrictions, the Permanent Water Conservation Requirements
are still in effect (since 1/6/10).
- Irrigation is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Irrigation is limited to no more than 15 minutes per day per station.
- No excessive water flow or runoff.
- Washing of vehicles requires the use of a bucket or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle.
- Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited.
- Water fountains or decorative water features are required to use recirculation systems.
- Installation of single pass cooling systems to domestic water supplies is prohibited.
- Restaurants are required to use water conserving dish wash spray valves.
- Restaurants are to serve drinking water only upon request.
- Commercial lodging establishments must provide guests the option to decline daily linen services.
- Installation of non-recirculating water systems in commercial car wash and laundry systems is prohibited.
- Violations are subject to fines from $125 up to $1,000.
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.
The Turf Removal Program online applications are available through
the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC).
Some of these rebates are the same as the rebates offered in the SoCal Water $mart program.
NEW: HB Water Conservation Hotline
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.
Another 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.
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%.
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.
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) 536-5921
* * * 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
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.
FREE CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE CLASSES!!!
The first class in our popular three-part series starts June 14th. 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.
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
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) 374-1503 to schedule an appointment!
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!