Water Conservation

Water Conservation Alert Status Orange - Allocating


The current water conservation alert status is:


Stage 4 - (ORANGE) Allocation Conservation.  


During Stage 4, the District shall encourage a reduction in water deliveries from the District to District customers based on the amount of water Metropolitan Water District of Southern California reduces to it.  Based on the shortage level declared by Metropolitan, the District shall allocate its water to the retail agencies.


To learn more, please CLICK HERE for the District's Conservation Plan.  To address any questions or issues regarding conservation, please email conserve@fmwd.com.


Watering Days:  Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to two days per week.  This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use very low flow drip type irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two (2) gallons of water per hour.  This provision also does not apply to watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, or for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system.


Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions:  All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in the water user’s plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within forty-eight (48) hours of notification by the local water purveyor unless other arrangements are made with the local water purveyor.


Limits on Filling Ornamental Lakes or Ponds:  Filling or re-filling ornamental lakes or ponds is prohibited, except to the extent needed to sustain aquatic life, provided that such animals are of significant value and have been actively managed within the water feature prior to declaration of a supply shortage level under this plan.


Limits on Washing Vehicles:  Using water to wash or clean a vehicle, including but not limited to, any automobile, truck, van, bus, motorcycle, boat or trailer, whether motorized or not, is prohibited except by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, by high pressure/low volume wash systems, or at a commercial car washing facility that utilizes a re-circulating water  system to capture or reuse water.


No New Potable Water Service:  Upon declaration of a Stage 4 Water Supply Shortage Critical condition, no new potable water service will be provided, no new temporary meters or permanent meters will be provided, and no statements of immediate ability to serve or provide potable water service (such as, will-serve letters, certificates, or letters of availability) will be issued, except under the following circumstances:

  • A valid, unexpired building permit has been issued for the project; or
  • The project is necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; or
  • The applicant provides substantial evidence of an enforceable commitment that water demands for the project will be offset prior to the provision of a new water meter(s) to the satisfaction of the local water purveyor


No Annexations:  Upon the declaration of a Stage 4 Water Supply Shortage condition, the District will suspend consideration of annexations to its service area.  This subsection does not apply to boundary corrections and annexations that will not result in any increased use of water.


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