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Water Ordinance Promotes Conservation
City Ordinance
The Brea City Council water conservation ordinance became effective on July 16, 2009. Phase 2 provisions were enacted at the June 16, 2015 meeting in response to the statewide drought emergency declaration and remain in effect. Key limits are: 

Outdoor automated irrigation is limited to only two days per week: Mondays and Thursdays from April through October. Over the winter months, November 1 through March 31, outdoor irrigation is restricted to one time per week: on Mondays only.

  • Watering may never occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Sprinklers may never run for longer than 15 minutes per cycle.
  • Runoff may not flow onto paved surfaces or into the storm drains.

Drought Response Extra

Following a statewide emergency drought declaration in April 2015, agencies throughout California were compelled to enact water conservation ordinances following persistent, multiple-year drought conditions. Common sense guidelines will help assure that limited water supplies meet basic future needs. Brea was been given a 24% reduction target. Currently, the mandatory restrictions have been relaxed. However, it is wise to continue "best practices" that prevent water waste in order to protect supplies as drought conditions persist.

Review Brea's ordinance for complete details or continue reading below for the summary.

Brea’s ordinance is intended as a partnership with the public for conservation. There is a focus on outdoor uses as this is where the largest quantities of water are typically used. Failure to reduce consumption on a citywide basis may result in additional mandatory reductions imposed by the State. Future penalties could result for those persons who do not comply with the conservation guidelines. While the ordinance calls for sensible conservation efforts on the part of all water customers, a specific numeric reduction requirement has not been identified for individual households. Brea emphasizes customer education and voluntary compliance.

Remember, Brea’s tiered water rate system also creates financial incentives for wise water use. Many customers have already made good reductions to control costs. They are careful with their usage and understand moderation keeps their water bill lower. Now it is time for all customers to participate as conscientious consumers and share the responsibility for conservation.

Several mandatory and permanent requirements were enacted by the ordinance and are listed below. Brea's ordinance outlines several phases that the council can invoke to tighten restrictions further when needed in response to more pronounced regional shortages. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Water Use Guidelines
Here is a summary of key permanent changes always in effect.
  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is limited to no more than 15 minutes per day, per station on an automated system.
  • Water flow or runoff from landscaped areas onto adjoining sidewalks, driveway, streets and storm drains is prohibited.
  • No washing down hard or paved surfaces except to alleviate a safety or sanitation hazard. This can then be done only with certain equipment: a hand-held tool and bucket or hose with an automatic shut-off device, or a cleaning machine equipped to recycle water.
  • Leaks, breaks or malfunctions must be fixed within a prescribed time period once notified by the City.
  • Re-circulation is required for any decorative water uses such as fountains and ponds.
  • Vehicles not washed at a commercial facility can only be done at home using a hand-held bucket or hose with a self-closing shut-off device.

Other permanent changes have commercial application. These are such things as serving drinking water on request only, meeting equipment criteria for institutional laundries, dishwashers, cooling systems, and the like.

In addition to the new permanent requirements, Phase 2 calls for additional reductions in order to make more efficient use of water and respond to drought conditions.
  • Outdoor watering is  limited to no more than two days per week; Mondays and Thursdays. During winter months watering will be limited to one day per week; Monday. Any exceptions to this restriction must be approved through the Brea Public Works Department.
  • There is an obligation to fix leaks within 48 hours of notification unless other arrangements have been made directly with the city.
  • No outdoor irrigation is permitted during measurable rain or for 48 hours following the rain event
  • No more than one foot of water per month may be added to a pool. Covers are required for new pools or spas.

As a large water customer itself, the City of Brea closely monitors its own meters to save money and be environmentally responsible. The city has adopted many savings practices over the past few years. A centralized irrigation system is adding more areas as soon as is practical. This system uses weather data to automatically reprogram watering times and it features flow sensors that detect leaks and shuts stations down if necessary. Street medians have been retrofitted using slow drip lines directly to plants. Under Phase 2, irrigation has been cut to medians. Some medians feature synthetic turf, which is being evaluated for other areas where feasible. Civic buildings have been retro-fitted with plumbing devices that reduce flows.

Additional Information
To get more comprehensive water saving solutions for both outside and inside of your home, please visit OCwatersmart.com. You will be informed of any changes through regional mass media channels. Brea will reflect such information on its website and through other internal communications as well.

For additional information about operation in the City of Brea, or to report* water waste locally, please call the Brea Water Division at 714-990-7691.
*If violations are observed, please provide the address, date and time.

Reporting Water Waste at State Facilities

All state agencies have been directed to immediately reduce their water use as a moratorium has been placed on new, non-essential landscaping projects at state facilities and along state highways and roads.

Please join us by becoming a “water watcher” by keeping an eye out to ensure that water is being used effectively at state facilitieshttp://saveourwater.com/what-you-can-do/report-water-wasters/

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