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Quick Notes About Outside Irrigation:
Newport Beach Conservation Requirements and Water Restrictions
On July 12, 2016, the City Council reduced water restrictions to a Level Two Water Supply Shortage (Resolution No. 2016-85). The new regulation require all Newport Beach water customers reduce their water usage by 15 percent compared to the same billing period in 2013.
Prohibited for Everyone
- Watering over 15 minutes per station for automated irrigation systems.
- Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff.
- Washing down hard surfaces including sidewalks & driveways.
- Not repairing water leaks or breaks quickly.
- Irrigating lawn, shrubs, or ornamental landscape during and after 48 hours of a rainfall.
- Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
- Washing a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, trailers, and recreational vehicles) with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a positive shut-off nozzle.
Restrictions for Newport Beach Water Customers
- No landscape watering allowed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Watering lawns and landscaping is limited to one day per week from November through March and three assigned days per week from April through October.
- No customer's water use should exceed 85 percent of their "base amount." The base amount is the water used during the same billing period in 2013.
- Water leaks must be repaired within 48 hours.
- Ornamental lakes, ponds or fountains can be refilled no more than once every other week.
- Swimming pools/spas can only be filled or refilled six inches per week.
Restrictions Required for Water Suppliers
- Using potable water to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians
- Notify customers about leaks that are within the customer's control
- Report on water use, compliance and enforcement
Required for Businesses
- Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily
- Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request. The California Restaurant Association has some quick tips for ways restaurants can conserve water. The City prepared a flyer that addresses several ways food-service establishments can save water and rebate opportunities.
State Mandated Reporting
The State mandated monthly measuring and reporting started in June 2015. Below is a graph that displays historical usage and how our residents have been doing (click on the image to view as a PDF).
On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency and directed State officials to take all necessary actions to address drought conditions. The proclamation gave State water officials more flexibility to manage water supply throughout California due to the drought. Since the, there have been numerous actions taken by both the State and by the City Council, which resulted in the declaration of a Level Three Water Supply Shortage by City Council on June 9, 2015.
On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order B-37-16 calling on the State Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017, in recognition of differing water supply conditions across the state.
On May 18, 2016, the State Board adopted a statewide water conservation approach that mandates urban water suppliers ensure they have a three-year supply of water assuming three more dry years occur. Water agencies that would face a shortage under this scenario would be required to meet a conservation standard equal to the amount of the shortage.
On July, 14, 2016, City staff provided an update to the City Council on the new regulations established by the State Board due to the improved conditions in Northern California. In consideration of improved conditions, continued emergency State regulations, and the threat of continued drought, the City Council directed staff to return with a resolution to reduce water conservation requirements from a Level Three to a Level Two.
On July 12, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2016-85 to set water conservation restrictions at a Level Two Water Supply Shortage.
- Informational Community Notices
- Restaurants and food-service establishments handout (January 2016)
- Apartments (Door hangers distributed 12/2015)
- Residential (Door hangers distributed 9/2015)
- Summer Dealing with Drought brochure (06/2015)
- Frequently Asked Questions (06/2015)
- Short Term Rental Visitor Handout (06/2015)
- Dealing with Drought brochure (10/2014)
- Letter to City Water Customers (10/6/2014)
- Municipal Code, Chapter 14.16 Water Conservation and Supply Level Regulations
- Water Conservation - learn more water-saving tips
- Water Customer Service - leaking water meter, water pressure concerns
For more information on the drought emergency and water conservation, visit the following links:
- Bewaterwise.com (The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
- California Water Action Plan
- Relief from the City's Level Three Requirements
- Fact Sheet on Adopted Emergency Water Conservation Regulations
- Rebates (turf removal, irrigation controllers)
- Relief from City Water Restrictions
- Save Our Water (Association of California Water Agencies)
- State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions
- United States Drought Monitor