In an effort to conserve water during the severe California drought, the city of Anaheim will impose mandatory water restrictions.
The Anaheim City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that implements four mandatory water conservation measures, with a focus on outdoor water conservation.
Anaheim residents will no longer be able to water outdoor landscapes or turf that causes excess runoff, use a hose to wash a car unless the hose has a shutoff nozzle, wash driveways and sidewalks with potable water unless there is an immediate health or safety need, and use potable water in a fountain or decorative water display unless the water is recirculated.
Additionally, landscape irrigation will be limited to the hours before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. in an effort to reduce evaporative water waste. Exceptions include spot watering with a hose and nozzle, and usage that is necessary for irrigation system maintenance and repairs.
The city of Anaheim plans to continue its focus on education and outreach to save water. According to the city, conservation has helped to reduce per person water use over the past decade in Anaheim by 22 percent, even though the number of residential customers has increased by 5 percent.
The city also offers a rebate of $3 per square foot to homeowners who remove turf and replace it was California Friendly landscaping or artificial turf.