Water Conservation


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Municipal Codes and Ordinances 
The City of Huntington Beach has two Municipal Codes regulating the use of water. Familiarize yourself with the City's water saving codes below. 
Standard Water Conservation Requirements 
Per the City's Municipal Codes noted above, all water customers are required to adhere to the following standards:
  • No automatic irrigation should be used between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Irrigation is limited to no more than 10 minutes per station per day
  • Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjoining sidewalk, driveway, alley or gutter is prohibited
  • Irrigating lawn, shrubs, or ornamental landscape during and 48 hours after a measurable rainfall is prohibited 
  • Washing a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, trailers, and recreational vehicles) requires the use of a hand held bucket or hose equipped with an auto shut-off nozzle
  • Water fountains or decorative features are required to use recirculation systems
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces, including, but not limited to, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or alleys, is prohibited
  • Watering non-functional grass on commercial properties is prohibited
  • And please remember: As a Huntington Beach property owner you have an Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions when they are discovered in your plumbing system or irrigation system

Resources for California Friendly Landscaping
The City of Huntington Beach introduced a new, innovative online interactive tool to help you plan, prepare and create your new, low-maintenance garden landscape and hardscape wonder. Explore beautiful, climate-appropriate, drought tolerant plants, trees and grasses that thrive in Huntington Beach's temperate, coastal climate. With a click of a button, you can add your favorite plants to your personal shopping list that you can print and take to your favorite nursery. Get started today by visiting Surfcitygardening.com


Rebate Programs 
The Municipal Water District of Orange County offers several water use efficiency rebates for both residents and commercial businesses. To learn more, please visit ocwatersmart.com


Think You May have a Home Water Leak? 
View our Water Leak Detection Guide for helpful tips on how to detect a home water leak. 

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