CH Allows Watering 3-Times Per Week

Staff Reports

Chino Hills- A meeting that was held on July 12 recommended that the Chino Hills City Council review a recommendation to adopt an urgency Water conservation Ordinance that would allow watering to move to three-times per week instead of the two-times per week.

June has been a record high with the heat, so concerns about distressed and dying trees was fast tracked for a special meeting in the City Council Chambers at the City Hall.

On July 13, Chino Hills City Council released that they took action on an Urgency Water Conservation Ordinance and declared a Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert that went into effect immediately. This is now allowing the community to use water for outdoor irrigation three-times per week.

The City of Chino Hills released the following restrictions:

The Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert that went into effect immediately with last night’s Council action limits outdoor irrigation to 3 days per week. Residential addresses ending in an even number may use water: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (except 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Residential addresses ending in an odd number may use water: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (except 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Non-residential addresses may use water: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (except 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.). All irrigation shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes per watering-station, except for drip or micro-spray irrigation systems which shall not exceed 30 minutes per station.

The Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert also imposes the following restrictions:

  • Prohibits outdoor watering of landscaping between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Prohibits application of water to hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas etc. or irrigation causing runoff, etc.
  • Requires the repair of leaks within 48 hours.
  • Prohibits use of water hose without a shutoff valve.
  • Prohibits irrigating outdoor landscape after measure rain (1/10” or more within a 48 hour period)
  • Limits pool-filling to the above specified irrigation days.
  • Decorative water fountains at commercial properties may only be operated if the water is part of a re-circulating system.
  • Vehicles, trailers, boats, and livestock can be washed with a hand-held hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Restaurants may not serve water unless the customer request water.
  • Water may not run off or leak from landscaped areas to streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or over watering.
  • Fire hydrants may only be used for firefighting. *

*An exception may be made for construction use through a City-designated meter when recycled water is not available.

City of Chino Hills reminds everyone that the new Ordinance reinforces the need to continue to conserve water with the current drought conditions, and will continue to encourage the replacement of turf with drought tolerant vegetation; improve the water system to limit failures; and increase the use of recycled water as well as enforce water restrictions.

For additional information, you may view the Water Conservation Ordinance on the City website at: