Regulations

Water is one of our most precious natural resources. In order to preserve the availability of high quality, fresh groundwater, it is essential to promote a significant reduction of our water use.

We know that more than 50% of the water that is piped into the home is used on the lawn and landscaping. That’s way too much.

The Orange County water conservation ordinance is designed to reduce the amount of water being used on the landscape. This ordinance helps set reasonable watering guidelines. It applies to water drawn from private wells, lakes, ponds, or other surface water sources, as well as water from our utility supply.

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Penalties and Appeals

Have you received a watering violation? First-time violators will receive a warning through a door hanger notice and by certified letter. Repeat violators will be subject to a fine of $25 per violation. To read more about the Penalties and Appeals process, click here.

Watering Exception for New Sod/Landscaping

Residents are allowed to water new sod or landscaping on any day at any time for the initial 30 days after installation, and then every other day for the next 30 days. Although exempt from watering restrictions during this time, residents are not exempt from the applicable water rates. Please keep in mind that an increase in watering will result in higher water bills, which could be hundreds of dollars more than usual. 

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  • Never water your lawn or landscaping between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During this time, most of the water is lost to evaporation.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.