Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In response to the State Water Board’s elimination of the water reduction mandate, and an adequate water supply, the City of Garden Grove has declared a Stage 1 Voluntary Conservation, allowing residents to voluntarily water every other day.

Voluntary guidelines currently in effect are:

  • Watering is limited to once every other day, before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m., for a maximum of 15 minutes per station.
  • Watering by use of a hand-water shut-off nozzle is permitted any day.

Permanent regulations in effect at all times are:
  • Watering with auto sprinklers are allowed only 15 minutes per day per station, unless low-flow drip systems or weather-based controllers are used.
  • No watering during or within 48 hours of rainfall.
  • Must use shutoff hose nozzle when washing vehicles.
  • No water runoff.
  • No washing down sidewalks or driveways.
  • Water leaks must be fixed immediately.
  • Water fountains or decorative water features must recirculate water.

In April of 2015, the City underwent a Stage 2 Water Alert in response to Governor Brown’s executive order that mandated new regulations to achieve a 25% statewide reduction in water use. The City was mandated to reduce water usage by 20% based on prior conservation efforts. In May of 2016, the State Water Board eliminated the water reduction mandate and gave cities the opportunity to perform a “stress test” to determine their own conservation target.

Working with the Municipal Water District of Orange County and Orange County Water District to perform an analysis on the city’s water supplies, the City determined an adequate water supply for the next three years and certified a 0% conservation target.

The Garden Grove City Council approved the Stage 1 Voluntary Conservation at the Tuesday, September 13, 2016 regular meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

The City continues to encourage residents to use water efficiently and conserve whenever possible.

For more information or to obtain detailed information on water restrictions, call (714) 741-5395.