Water Conservation

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Drought Emergency - Updated Conservation Mandates

On May 5, 2015 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted its Resolution No. 2015-0032, adopting an Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation, in response to an Executive Order issued by Governor Brown on April 1, 2015.  The Executive Order directed the SWRCB to impose restrictions on urban water suppliers to achieve a statewide twenty-five percent (25%) reduction in potable urban usage through February 2016.  Accordingly, the SWRCB has called upon the City of Santa Fe Springs to conserve water usage by sixteen percent (16%).

The regulations are as follows:

a)  There shall be no hose washing of walkways, driveways, or parking areas except as needed for sanitary or safety purposes.  
b)  Water shall not be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless a recirculating system is used.  
c)  Restaurants or other public places where food is served or offered for sale, shall not serve drinking water to any customer, unless expressly requested.  
d)  All water leaks shall be promptly repaired.  
e)  Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water
f)  Using hoses with no automatic shutoff nozzles to wash cars
g)  Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measureable rainfall

In addition:

h)  Residential and commercial landscape areas shall be watered no more than two times per week, for no more than 10 minutes per area. 
i)  Residential and commercial landscape areas shall not be watered between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
j)  Watering of landscape areas shall be permitted only on Mondays and Thursdays at properties located north of the centerline of Lakeland Road, and at those properties located within the triangle bounded by Florence Avenue on the north, I-5 on the west and the railroad tracks parallel to Ringwood Avenue on the east. 
k)  Watering of landscape areas shall be permitted only on Tuesdays and Fridays at properties located south of the centerline of Lakeland Road.

The taking of any action prohibited by this section, or the failure to take any action required by this Section, is an infraction, punishable by a fine as set forth in Section 36900 of the California Government Code, not to exceed $500 for each day in which the violation occurs.

The City applauds residents and businesses for their current water conservation efforts, and believes that further crisis can be avoided through a unified and continued effort. 

As we have always done in Santa Fe Springs, together, we will make it through this challenging situation. 

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Water Conservation Tip Sheets:

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Outdoor Water Conservation Tip Sheet:  Click Here

Simple Tips on Reducing Pool Water Use at Home:

1.  Keep a lower water level to prevent wasting water from splashing
2.  Cover the pool to reduce evaporation
3.  Lower the water temperature
4.  Keep pool water properly filtered
5.  Check the pool pump and run only as long as needed
6.  Check for leaks
7.  Shut off fountains & water features