This limits residential outdoor irrigation watering days for Newport Beach water customers to two days per week through October and one day per week November through March 2016. Find out your watering days here and your target reduction goal here along with other important details about Level Three restrictions.
The City hosted a waterwise gardener workshop in April. During the workshop, attendees learned about the drought, water conservation and improving their landscape using California Friendly plants. If you missed the workshop, you can watch the video to learn the tips for rethinking your landscape.
The current rebate for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers is up to $80. These devices, we call “Smart Timers” can help save more than 13,500 gallons of water per year for the average homeowner This is done by the system automatically adjusting the irrigation schedule to account for weather changes. The controller rebate application can be found online at www.ocwatersmart.com . Rebate funding is limited and subject to availability. Take a look at a recent "Smart Timer" installation.
California Friendly Landscaping Resource
The link below offers a variety of native and California Friendly plants that are suited to southern California's semi-arid climate and require very little water. Click here to view a listing of these resources.
Need assistance in designing or installing your drought tolerant landscape?
- Water infrequently, deeply and thoroughly - Most lawns need about 3/4 to 1 inch of water once per week, or once every two weeks when the weather cools. Infrequent but deep watering will encourage deep rooting, healthier and hardier plants with a greater tolerance for drought.
- Water at the right time of day - Water early in the day, especially in warmer weather, when evaporation rates are lowest. Note: Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.
- Watch your lawn rather than a calendar - Your lawn needs watering when:
- Grass blades are folded in half
- Grass blades are blue-gray
- Your footprint remains on the lawn
- Too much water can damage the root-zone of plants - over-watering creates shallow roots, making plants more vulnerable to disease and pests, as well as drought.
- Drip or micro-irrigation systems save water - These systems deliver water to the root of plants, and much less is lost to the atmosphere.
- Mulching - Adding mulch helps to keep water in the soil around plants. At least two inches is suggested around shrubs, trees, annuals and vegetable and flower gardens.
- Remove Weeds; Add Native Plants - Weeds or other unwanted plants use water. Removing them means more water for the plants you want. Native plants are adapted to our rainy and dry seasons, and offer habitat to area wildlife.
- Install a rain sensor - This recognizes when nature brings the water your lawn needs, and shuts off automatic sprinklers.
- Adjust your lawnmower blades - Most lawns are healthiest when blades are 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long. Longer blades shade the soil, and keep in water.
- Keep lawnmower blades sharp - Clean, sharp cuts cause less trauma to grass blades, making the grass more resistant to disease.
Did you know that Newport Beach has three municipal codes regulating the use of water? Before you decide to clean that patio or re-landscape your yard please familiarize yourself with the water saving and water quality codes.
- NBMC 14.16 Conservation and Supply Level Regulations
- NBMC 14.17 Water Efficient Landscaping and Landscape and Irrigation Design Standards [PDF]
- NBMC 14.36 Water Quality
The City of Newport Beach is requiring all customers to reduce water use by 25% when compared to 2013 use. This comparison is noted on your water bill. For details about the City's response to the drought and statewide regulations see our Dealing with Drought page www.newportbeachca.gov/water.
The City Newport Beach offers several Water Use Efficiency Programs. For more information on how you can cut your water use visit www.ocwatersmart.com or call us at 949-644-3388.