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Stage II Conservation Alert
Governor Declares 25% Mandatory Water Use Restrictions- New Regulations Being Developed To Comply
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On March 17, 2015 the California State Water Resources Board (Water Board) adopted expanded emergency regulations to safeguard the State’s remaining water supplies after three critically dry years in California. On April 1st Governor Jerry Brown issued the first-ever mandatory statewide water use reductions of 25%. The Water Board is expected to take additional actions to approve expanded regulations during the first week of May.

Public Works Commission and City Council Set To Take Action
The City’s Public Works Commission reviewed the issue at their April 1st meeting. They asked staff to revise the existing Water Conservation Ordinance so that it includes all of the expanded restrictions that have been announced at the State level. Staff have been working to revise the Ordinance and will schedule the item for discussion at the May 6th Public Works Commission meeting. The matter will be scheduled for City Council consideration at either the May 12th or May 26th City Council meeting. 

State Water Board Has Authority to Issue Fines
Given the Water Board’s authority to impose $10,000 per day fines for water agencies that do not impose the mandatory conservation measures included in their action, residents will definitely need to check this website page frequently for a full update on new regulations as additional information becomes available.

Current Stage II Water Conservation Alert
Chino Hills has been under a Stage II Water Conservation Alert since February of 2014 after Governor Jerry Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency in January. City residents have responded and our water usage is showing a downward trend. However, hotter than normal temperatures will likely increase water usage in the foreseeable future; and drought conditions are expected to continue.

Stage II Water Conservation Alert Restrictions

These restrictions have been in place since February of 2014. 

  • No hose washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, etc.
  • Decorative water fountains at commercial properties may only be operated if the water is part of a re-circulating system.
  • Water customers must repair all water leaks in a timely manner (and no later than 72 hours after being notified by the City).
  • Outdoor watering of landscaping is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. * (Hand watering with a hand-held hose that has a shut-off nozzle is permitted at all times. Water-dependent industries including equestrian and livestock businesses, nurseries, and golf courses are exempt.)
  • Vehicles, trailers, boats, and livestock can be washed with the use of a bucket and a hand-held hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle for a quick rinse.
  • Restaurants may not serve water unless the customer requests water.
  • Water may not run off or leak from landscaped areas to streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or over watering.
  • Fire hydrants may only be used for firefighting. (An exception may be made for construction use through a City-designated meter when recycled water is not available.) 

Water Restrictions Will Be Expanded
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by checking this website page which can be found at www.chinohills.org/WaterAlert to learn what regulations have been adopted. The Governor has made several points clear:  1) A mandatory 25% reduction in water use from 2013 levels is required; 2) Outdoor watering will be limited to two days per week; 3) Local agencies will be required to enforce the mandated regulations; and, non-compliance could lead to fines; 4) Rebates and incentives to reduce water use are being developed (turf replacement, inefficient household device replacement).

Water Restrictions Are Expected to Include
  • Outdoor watering is prohibited between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. when evaporation causes water loss.
  • A 25% reduction is water use from 2013 levels is required.
  • Outdoor watering will be limited to two days per week (assignment of watering days to be determined).
  • Swimming pools must be replenished on assigned outdoor watering days.
  • The use of a hand-held hose with a shut-off valve shall be permitted, but not be used to hose down driveways or sidewalks;
  • Newly constructed homes and buildings shall only be irrigated with drip or micro-spray systems or recycled water, if available;
  • Hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.

Water Wise Hotline (909) 364-2850
Education is an important part of the City’s efforts and we encourage our residents to help share the information with friends and neighbors. If residents observe prohibited activities, they may report a concern using an online form at www.chinohills.org/ReportWaterWaste, or by calling the City’s Water Wise Hotline at (909) 364-2850. The City’s Water Conservation staff will follow-up and provide information about the water restrictions. Public Works employees who work out in the field will make note of locations where water waste is observed for follow-up as well.  The Stage II water restrictions do not apply to construction projects or areas where recycled water, flowing through purple pipes, is used.