Public Works Department
Water Use Efficiency and Conservation - News and Tips
New Regulations for Water Conservation
According to Golden State Water Company’s notice: “Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) has been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission to notify its customers of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (Board) recent adoption of emergency restrictions and fines intended to achieve statewide conservation goals by limiting outdoor urban water use. California is in a drought and your continued participation is needed to manage water supplies responsibly and meet the state’s goal to achieve a 20% reduction in water use as compared to 2013.”
Please read the new regulations that the Board prohibits and tips that we suggest you follow to reduce the amount of water being wasted:
|TIP: Use a broom instead to sweep your driveway and sidewalk. Dispose materials in trash afterwards.||DO NOT: Wash down driveways and sidewalks|
|DO NOT: Water of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff.||TIP: Fix your sprinklers to prevent overwatering or water by hand. Also, do not water between the hours of 9 A.M – 6 P.M. (especially during the hot months). Much of what you are watering will not make it deep enough into the soil due to winds and evaporation. If you do water your lawn, please water early in the morning or evening, when temperatures are cooler. As a friendly reminder: DO NOT OVERWATER.|
|DO NOT: wash vehicles without using a hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle or by using a hand-held bucket or similar container.||TIP: try washing your car on your lawn so the water can be fed to your grass. As a reminder, even before these emergency rules, car wash water containing pollutants cannot drain to the streets and storm drains.|
|DO NOT: use potable (drinkable) water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated|
“Violation of any of these four prohibited or restricted water use activities may be punished by a fine of up to $500 for each day in which the violation occurs. A public agency representative may issue a citation in accordance with locally adopted municipal codes, adopted ordinances, or in cooperation with Golden State Water.
"Golden State Water has implemented Stage II of its Water Shortage Contingency Plans for all systems, which prohibits the aforementioned outdoor uses, and is repeating the request for customers to adhere to the Board’s new outdoor water-use restrictions.
"Golden State Water would like to thank its customers who have already adjusted their water usage to comply with the state’s voluntary conservation efforts. We always encourage water-use efficiency and offer resources, tools and information at gswater.com to help customers manage their water use responsibly and protect nature’s most precious resource during this historic drought.
"Customers seeking additional information or wanting to report waste in their community are encouraged to visit www.gswater.com or contact Golden State Water’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-999-4033.”
To learn more about water conservation, please visit these websites:
To read more about the drought issue and emergency regulations: ca.gov/drought/news/story-59.html
To apply for rebates: www.mwdoc.com/services/incentives
Interested in replacing your lawn with other plants? Download the Orange County Garden Friendly Planning & Plant Guide
Outdoor Activities – Save Water During the Summer!
Summer is here and gardens are going to want more water. Not only that, but summer is also the time to do home improvements. The drought is becoming more severe and this summer, we encourage you to conserve water (and your money!) Help your gardens get the most water in an efficient way. Follow these tips on how you can help:
- Water your gardens early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. If you water in the middle of the day when the heat is strong, much of what you are watering will not make it deep enough into the soil due to winds and evaporation.
- Use mulch. Mulch will help prevent weeds from taking over your garden and save you the backaches (and time) of pulling out these stubborn weeds. Most importantly, it will also help retain moisture in the soil.
- Many residents will be draining out their swimming pools this summer to get ready for their festivities. If your pool water does NOT have chlorine in it, use that extra pool water for your garden! REMEMBER: DO NOT dump your pool water with chlorine onto the streets, where they can flow into the storm drains and then into the waterways. Don’t know how to clean out your pool properly? Download the brochure for Tips for Pool Maintenance.
- DO NOT use water to clean your driveways, sidewalks, or patios. Just use a broom, sweep up the mess, and dispose in trash. Get more information to make your home landscape more water efficient by clicking here.
- There is no reason to water the sidewalk, either by hand or sprinklers. We are in a drought, so every drop counts! Cut your water costs and prevent runoff by controlling the amount of water and direction of sprinklers.
Please download these useful brochures to help you be water efficient this summer:
If you are interested in rebates for water sprinklers, smart irrigation timers, turf removal, we encourage you to download this flyer.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (714) 229-6741.
Do Your Part to Save Water During the Drought
Do you know how much you irrigate your lawn, flowerbeds or trees?
There are a couple of ways to find out! To know how much you are irrigating, you can purchase a soil probe or use an old screwdriver. These two methods will help you determine if you have irrigated long enough, and the water is actually infiltrated down into the soil so that the roots can grow and result in a healthy plant.
Watch the YouTube video below to learn how to do this!
Orange County! Did you hear that overwatering is out?
Have you walked through your lawn and noticed that your shoes made a footprint on the sidewalk or drive way? If so, that means your grass has received too much water. If you see less footprint, then that means your grass has received just enough water. We understand why you want your lawn to be green and beautiful, but here are some helpful tips on what you can do to save money, water, and time.
“I like my lawn and garden to be green all year round.” If that’s so, there are a few recommendations:
1. You’ve mentioned you like to see green in your yard all year round. Have you thought about removing your turf and replacing it with eco-grass, synthetic grass, and/or California native plants? Sounds like a crazy idea and you probably never thought of even considering it. However, there are benefits:
a. You save money – who doesn’t like saving money? You can finally spend that extra money on other things you’ve been wanting to purchase for so long. Also, did you know there is a rebate for removing your turf? $1.00 (or more) rebate per sq. foot of turf removed.
b. You save time – enjoy your weekends off by not mowing the lawn and relax
2. If you think removing your turf is out of the question at this time, consider taking control of your sprinkler system with a weather-based irrigation controller, replacing your sprinklers with rotating sprinkler nozzles, or using a soil moisture sensor control. Once again, there are rebates for all of these!
Click HERE to download the flyer for more information regarding the rebates.
For other rebates such as high efficiency clothes washers and toilets, please visit www.mwdoc.com/services/rebates or call (888) 376-3314.
To find out more information on how you can save money, time, water, and the environment, visit www.H2OC.org. Also, click on the box below. Our friendly gnome will give you tips and tricks on what you can do to help even more!
Don’t Clog Your Drains
Is your toilet your trash can? People have the tendency to dump whatever they can in their own toilet and have no idea that it can have a huge impact on our sewers and oceans. Are you not sure what you can flush? Just remember the three P’s that can go down the toilet: pee, poop, and paper. Also, this list of items that should not go down the toilet:
- Sanitary products, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes and facial tissues
- Kitty litter
- Condoms and dental floss
Please properly dispose the above items in your trash. Medications should be taken to one of the County of Orange Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. For the nearest location visit oclandfills.com/hazardous/locations. To read more information on how these items can harm our drains and what to put in your garbage container as well, please visit: www.what2flush.com.
Useful Information and Links
For more information about rebates on products for indoor and outdoor water use efficiency for residential and commercial properties, visit: