Stage II Moderate Water Conservation Alert

Water Conservation Moderate Alert Stage 2Even though the drought is in intermission, the City of Chino Hills still has a Stage II Conservation Ordinance in place. California experiences significant changes in weather from year to year. This factor, among others, has led the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt permanent water-use regulations that prohibit specific water wasting practices. The current Stage II Conservation Ordinance allows for more outdoor irrigation, but still prohibits wasteful practices.  Staying water efficient year-round helps to conserve this critical resource, prepare for future challenges, and maintain the Chino Hills lifestyle for future generations. Conservation must be our way of life!  

City of Chino Hills Declares Stage II Moderate Water Conservation Alert Press Release (PDF)
Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert Flyer (PDF)
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Outdoor Watering Allowed 3 Days Per Week & Designated Watering Days

Residents and businesses are limited to three watering days per week and shall not exceed 15 minutes per watering station, except for drip or micro-spray irrigation systems, which shall not exceed 30 minutes per station.  Watering is prohibited between the hours of 
9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Watering days for outdoor irrigation are based on street address:

  • Residential addresses ending in an even number may use water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (except from 9 am to 6 pm)  Ex.  1234 Main Street
  • Residential addresses ending in an odd number may use water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (except from 9 am to 6 pm)  Ex.  1235 Main Street
  • Non-residential addresses may use water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (except from 9 am to 6 pm)

Additional Stage II Restrictions

  • Prohibits the application of water to hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas or irrigation causing runoff, etc.
  • Requires the repair of leaks within 48 hours of notification by the City
  • Prohibits use of a hose without a shut-off valve
  • Prohibits irrigating outdoor landscape during or 48 hours after measureable rain (1/10” or more within a 48-hour period)
  • Limits pool filling to the assigned watering days
  • Decorative water fountains at commercial properties may only be operated if the water is part of are circulating system
  • Vehicles, trailers, boats, and livestock can be washed with a hand-held hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • 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.

Stage II Alert Does Not Apply Where Recycled Water is Being Used

The Stage II Water Alert outdoor irrigation requirements do not apply to construction projects or areas where recycled water flowing through purple pipes is used. Many of the City’s parks in the southern part of Chino Hills are irrigated using recycled water so residents may see parks being irrigated on different days than those included in the Alert. City parks, facilities, and public spaces that are not irrigated using recycled water will be irrigated on a schedule in accordance with the new Stage II Water Alert.

Report Water Waste

Residents are encouraged to report violations or leaks through the online form or by downloading the City App. You may also report violations by phone to the City's Water Use Efficiency Coordinator at (909) 364-2804.


The City hopes to obtain voluntary compliance of the Stage II Moderate Water Conservation Alert restrictions, however, per municipal code section 13.08.100 and 1.36.020, fines of $100 for the first, $200 for the second, and $500 for the third violation can be imposed.


If you have any questions, please contact Water Conservation at (909) 364-2804.