What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?

Outdoor watering is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Sprinklers may be turned on for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system. (Permanent)

Outdoor watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station per day. (Permanent)

Outdoor watering that causes more than incidental water runoff is prohibited. (Permanent)

Watering during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited. (Permanent)

Commercial, industrial and institutional sites are prohibited from using potable water to irrigate non-functional turf. (State Water Resources Control Board Emergency Regulation - Resolution 2022-0018)

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1. What are the City's water restrictions, and how do they apply to me?
2. When did the restrictions go into effect?
3. What are the specific watering requirements for outdoor landscaping?
4. How can I monitor my water usage?
5. How will the water restrictions be enforced?
6. Do the water restrictions apply to the use of recycled water for irrigation purposes?
7. What is non-functional turf?
8. What are commercial, industrial and institutional sites?
9. What is potable water?
10. How is Fountain Valley doing its part?
11. Can I hand water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.?
12. What does no more than 15 minutes per station per day mean?
13. What if 15 minutes per station per day is too much?
14. How can I prevent runoff?
15. What resources are available to help me reduce my water use?
16. Watering of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited. What is a public street median?
17. Do drip irrigation systems have the same restrictions?
18. How are soaker hoses treated?
19. Can I use water that I capture in a bucket in the shower while the water is warming up or water I used for cooking vegetables to water my plants?
20. Is the City encouraging gray water systems?
21. Why are they watering during the day at Mile Square Park?
22. How do I report water waste?