Water Conservation

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 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 semi-arid region where precipitation patterns are highly unpredictable. Our local water resources are limited and we rely upon imported 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, but even more so during a drought.

Using water wisely has many benefits including reduced energy use. More than 19% of California's total energy consumption is used for pumping, treating and transportation of water. Efficient irrigation practices often save up to 50% of a home's water consumption. Outdoor water use efficiency also help preserve our quality of life by reducing urban runoff, which makes for a cleaner and healthier ocean environment we all can enjoy!

Photo of Lake Shasta - Click to Enlarge

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 if you have any questions, please call the Utilities Division at (714) 536-5921




News, Programs & Resources

We just added another Free Rainwater Harvesting Class! With applied rebates, get four barrels for $40!

June 7th, 2014, 9 - 10 am. Rain barrel pick-up 10 am - 11 am

The class will be held at the H.B. Utilities yard, 19001 Huntington Street. Join us and learn about all the benefits rain water barrels provides! Rain Barrels are available for $85. A $75 rain barrel rebate is offered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) for up to 4 (four) rain barrels per household. For more details and how to register, please see flyer.

Terra cotta colored Rain water barrel


$1 per square foot Turf Removal Program

The successful turf removal program is going strong! If you are thinking of replacing boring and thirsty turf grass with beautiful and climate appropriate plants, we encourage you to apply today since you will get $1 for every square foot of turf grass you remove.

Turf Removal program; Before and After pictures



The popular three-part series will start over in June. To register and to learn more, please go to the Workshops & Events tab. Huntington Beach home with a beautiful low water use yard.


Need a resource to assist in design, irrigation and maintenance of your new California Friendly landscape? Check out our Huntington Beach Water Wise Gardening site for photos of amazing gardens, great tips and incredible resources to help you get started! This is a an excellent resource to learn about unusual and new 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) 374-1503 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!


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