What are commercial, industrial and institutional sites?

"Commercial, industrial and institutional" refers to commercial water users, industrial water users, and institutional water users as respectively defined in Water Code, section 10608.12, subdivisions (e), (i), and (j), and includes homeowners' associations, common interest developments, community service organizations, and other similar entities but does not include the residences of these entities' members or separate interests.

California Water Code Definitions (Section 10608.12)

Commercial Water User - a water user that provides or distributes a product or service.

Industrial Water User - a water user that is primarily a manufacturer or processor of materials as defined by the North American Industry Classification System code sectors 31 to 33, inclusive, or an entity that is a water user primarily engaged in research and development.

Institutional Water User - a water user dedicated to public service. This type of user includes, among other users, higher education institutions, schools, courts, churches, hospitals, government facilities, and nonprofit research institutions.


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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?