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Newport Beach is in a Level One Mandatory Drought Requirement (NBMC 14.16.060)
This limits residential outdoor irrigation watering days for Newport Beach water customers to four days per week through October and two days  per week November through March 2015. Find out your watering days here and other important details about Level One restrictions.
Learn to Make Your Garden California Friendly
Waterwise Gardener VideoThe City hosted a waterwise gardener workshop in April 2015.  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.
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Do You Have a Water Smart Home?
Certify your house as a Water Smart Home
This free home water survey will score your home’s water use efficiency and identify potential water savings needed. Recommendations will include money- and water-saving rebates and no-cost activities that can help you become more water efficient.

The free surveys can be whole home (indoor and outdoor) or outdoor only. Click here for guidelines and application
It Pays to be WaterSmart 

The current rebate for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers is up to $380. 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 $380 rebate assist in 50 percent or more of the cost of the controller, depending on its make and model. The controller rebate application can be found online at . Rebate funding is limited and subject to availability. Take a look at a recent "Smart Timer" installation.

California Friendly Landscaping Resource

Cal Friendly Eschscholzia 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?
Click here for a certified licensed landscape contractor or architect.
5 Easy Steps to Setting Your Irrigation Controller
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Top 10 Tips for the Home Gardener

  1. 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.
  2. Water at the right time of day - Water early in the day, especially in warmer weather, when evaporation rates are lowest.
  3. 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
    • If water restrictions are in effect, adapt your watering to fit the restrictions.
  4. Too much water can hurt plants - over-watering creates shallow roots, making plants more vulnerable to disease and pests, as well as drought.
  5. Drip or micro-irrigation systems save water - These systems deliver water to the root of plants, and much less is lost to the atmosphere.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Install a rain sensor - This recognizes when nature brings the water your lawn needs, and shuts off automatic sprinklers.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Water conservation is a way of life here in Southern California, and not just in dry years. It has now become imperative that we make permanent changes to the way we use water, and it’s critical for us to look at every aspect of our lives for places to conserve.  Currently, the city is asking for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use.  A good place to start saving your 10%  is outside the home where more than half of all household water is used for landscaping irrigation. By cutting outdoor watering by just one day per week you can help save water one drop at a time. Collectively we can make a huge difference in the amount of water we save. As an added side benefit, our lawns will be happier and healthier too!


We have been fortunate enough to get a host of storms this winter. However, we have to keep in mind that our water worries are far from over. Another dry summer is in the forecast. Although, Newport Beach has done a pretty good job in conserving water, Orange County as a whole needs to be very conscious of conserving and not using up our water reserves. All of the water supply gains we have made this winter can be drastically reduced by regulatory efforts and the anticipated summer dry conditions. Take a look at the information above and the "outdoors" tab on the menu bar for some good water saving tips.


The City of Newport Beach urges everyone to reduce water use to 100% of your three year running average as noted on your municipal statement.  If we each do a little, we will save a lot.


The City Newport Beach offers several Water Use Efficiency Programs for residential and commercial appliances and devices. For more information on how you can cut your water use, please select the rebates tab on the menu bar or call us at 949-644-3214.

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Last updated: 5/27/2015 10:40:38 AM