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Brea's Water Ordinance Sets Guidelines for Use
For many years, the City of Brea has been mindful of the limits of supply and the responsibility to properly manage water as an essential resource. Guidelines contained in the 2009 ordinance have proven to be important in responding to record drought patterns that have since emerged. 

In response to the California drought, the City has entered Phase 2 of its water conservation ordinance. This brochure outlines actions that are underway. This short video provides some quick tips. 

Key outdoor use restrictions now in effect under Phase 2:
  • Watering days are restricted to only Mondays and/or Thursdays (April-Oct) and Mondays only (Nov-March)
  • Irrigation cannot occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Each station on an automated system can run NO longer than 15 minutes of total time. Use a "cycle and soak" rotation to maximize absorption, promote deeper roots and minimize runoff. Set two run times in the early morning, spaced at least an hour apart.
  • Water flow and runoff into curbs and storm drains is prohibited. 
  • Hosing down paved surfaces like patios, driveways or sidewalks is forbidden. Use a broom instead!
  • Automobiles should be washed at a commercial facility. Cars may only be washed at home if using a bucket and sponge with a very fast final spray from a nozzle with automatic shut-off.
  • Leaks must be fixed within 48 hours of notification.
  • There is to be NO outdoor irrigation within 48 hours of measurable rain.

Under the conservation ordinance, during the months of November through March automated outdoor irrigation is limited to only one day per week. Hand watering of sensitive ornamental gardens is allowed on other days only using a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a watering can.

Orange County has been a leader in water issues. Learn more about what is being done regionally in this PSA.
Please take time to scan through helpful articles on this website and link to other sites like ocwatersmart that detail various programs through regional water authorities.

Get Water Wasters to Adjust It

There should never be a spray of water onto pavement or into storm drains. Sprinklers might be set on a cycle that runs too long or too frequently. Or they are not adjusted properly. Sometimes a broken line jets out potable water that makes a mess and is wasteful of a precious resource. What should you do when you observe water waste?

If you can contact the property owner, please tell them as soon as possible. They should appreciate your courteous notification that can help them save on utility costs and avoid a violation notice. If you don't know who is responsible, please contact the City of Brea water division with the address and time that waste was observed. The property owner can be identified through billing records and city staff will make contact and guide them in making needed efficiency adjustments. 

Brea's adopted water conservation ordinance includes important restrictions for everyone to follow. If you notice something out of compliance it is appreciated that you either call the Public Works Department at 714-990-7691 or submit an online report. Please note the address along with the date/time water waste was observed so Public Works can follow up.

Be Smart About Toilets and Drains
Your toilet is not a trash can. Be smart about what not to flush down a toilet or drain. It's part of your responsibility to care for water quality. Plus, you just may be able to avoid a nasty clog or spill.

Ongoing Rebates
Save money and water by participating in rebate programs that may be applicable.

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