Water Conservation Updated: Apr 5, 2022

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Drought Emergency - Updated Conservation Mandates

On January 4, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency regulations to prevent wasteful water use and promote urban water conservation in response to the current drought emergency. On January 18, 2022, the emergency regulations became effective and will remain in effect for one year from the effective date unless the State Water Board acts to end, modify, or readopt it. All California water agencies are expected to enforce the regulations and implement their Water Shortage Contingency Plans and other local ordinances to respond to the current drought declaration.

The regulations are as follows:

1. Restrict or prohibit runoff from landscape irrigation
2. Limit landscape irrigation to specific times
a. Residential and commercial landscape areas shall not be watered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Customers  with weather-based irrigation controllers are exempt from this restriction.
b. No watering of outdoor landscapes during a rainfall event and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
3. Limit landscape irrigation to specific days
a. Residential and commercial landscape areas shall be watered no more than two times per week, for no more than 10  minutes per area.
b. Watering of landscape areas shall be permitted only on Mondays and Thursdays at properties located north of the  centerline of Lakeland Road, and at those properties located within the triangle bounded by Florence Avenue on the north,  I-5 on the west and the railroad tracks parallel to Ringwood Avenue on the east.
c. Watering of landscape areas shall be permitted only on Tuesdays and Fridays at properties located south of the  centerline of Lakeland Road.
4. Lodging establishment must offer customers to opt out of linen service
5. Restaurants may only serve water upon request
6. Restrict water use for decorative water feature, such as fountains
a. Water shall not be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless a recirculating system is used.
7. Require automatic shut off nozzles on water hoses
8. Prohibit use of potable water for washing hard surface
a. There shall be no hose washing of walkways, driveways, or parking areas except as needed for sanitary or safety  purposes.
9. All water leaks shall be promptly repaired.

The taking of any action prohibited by this section, or the failure to take any action required by this Section, is an infraction, punishable by a fine as set forth in Section 36900 of the California Government Code, not to exceed $500 for each day in which the violation occurs.

The City applauds residents and businesses for their current water conservation efforts, and believes that further crisis can be avoided through a unified and continued effort.

As we have always done in Santa Fe Springs, together, we will make it through this challenging situation.

For more information about California’s drought, please visit http://www.saveourwater.com/ 

Water Conservation Tip Sheets:

Indoor Water Conservation Tip Sheet:  Click Here

Outdoor Water Conservation Tip Sheet:  Click Here

Simple Tips on Reducing Pool Water Use at Home:

1.  Keep a lower water level to prevent wasting water from splashing
2.  Cover the pool to reduce evaporation
3.  Lower the water temperature
4.  Keep pool water properly filtered
5.  Check the pool pump and run only as long as needed
6.  Check for leaks
7.  Shut off fountains & water features