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Posted on: June 2, 2022

Stage III High Water Conservation Alert In Effect - Reduce Outdoor Watering to Two Days Per Week

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In response to record-breaking drought conditions and the Governor’s Executive Order calling for an overall 20 to 30 percent reduction in water usage across California, the City of Chino Hills has declared a Stage III High Conservation Alert that went into effect on June 1, in accordance with the Water Conservation Ordinance. Residents and businesses are being asked to conserve 30 percent and will have to reduce outdoor watering to two 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; and are prohibited from watering between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.    

Your Outdoor Watering Days and Times are Designated Based on Your Street Address

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

There are additional restrictions associated with the Stage III High Water Conservation Alert:

  • Prohibits application of water to hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas, etc., or irrigation causing runoff
  • Requires the repair of leaks within 48 hours
  • Prohibits the use of water hose without a shutoff valve
  • Prohibits irrigating outdoor landscape after measurable rain (1/10 inch or more within a 48 hour period)
  • Limits pool-filling to the above-specified irrigation days
  • Decorative water fountains at commercial properties may only be operated if the water is part of a re-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 overwatering
  • 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 III Alert Does Not Apply Where Recycled Water is Being Used

The Stage III 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 III Water Alert.

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