Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
In September 2009, the State adopted the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act of 2006 (AB 1881) in an effort to protect the State’s limited water resources and increase water conservation in landscaping. In response to AB 1881, the Department of Water Resources adopted the State’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). In July 2015, the MWELO Ordinance was updated by Governor Jerry Brown to further promote water conservation efforts and increase landscape irrigation efficiency. The MWELO reduces landscape-related water use by promoting water-efficient landscapes, limiting turf, preventing waste water, and incentivizing the use of graywater and recycled water in new construction and rehabilitated projects.
Brea's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Landscape Project Applicability
The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and these Guidelines apply to all of the following landscape projects:
- New landscape projects with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 500 square feet, requiring a building or landscape permit, plan check or plan review;
- Rehabilitated landscape projects with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 2,500 square feet, requiring a building or landscape permit, plan check or plan review.
On June 1, 2021, the City of Brea adopted the Water Shortage Contingency Response Ordinance 1221 to promote water conservation. As part of this adopted ordinance, specified
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Please refer to Water Conservation webpage for further information.