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Water Conservation

California is under a Governor-declared drought emergency as the State faces the least amount of rainfall in its 163-year history. The City and the Los Angeles County Waterworks District are asking the community to conserve water and protect these valuable resources.

Water Policies and Plans

The City has had strict water conservation regulations in place since 1991. In June 2015, the City modified its existing restrictions for outdoor water use.


Resources

Drought Emergency

Updated State Regulations - June 1, 2016
Visit Los Angeles County Waterworks website for information on the Phased Water Conservation Plan

What are the drought regulations that were passed by the State?

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown directed the State Water Board to implement mandatory water use restrictions in cities and towns across California to collectively reduce potable urban water usage by 25% statewide. The State Water Board formally adopted these restrictions at its May 6, 2015 meeting. The water use reductions are effective June 1, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the outdoor watering restrictions?
  • You may only irrigate two days per week
  • You may not water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff
  • You may not irrigate within 48 hours of a rain event
  • You may only irrigate between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM
  • Irrigation is prohibited during high winds if over-spray is caused

2. Can I wash my car?
You may wash your car if the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle and if all water runoff is absorbed by landscaping on the property where the vehicle is washed. Car washing cannot cause runoff into or upon any street, drainage ditch, storm drain, flood control channel, or drainage leading to creeks or ocean. 

3. What about mobile car washes?
Mobile car wash companies must use a mat or containment system that prevents water runoff and captures water for reclamation and reuse in car washing, or for disposal at a permitted facility that recycles water.

4. Are there any other water conservation rules?
  • You may not wash down sidewalks or driveways
  • Fountains or decorative water features must have a recirculating water system
  • The operation of fountains or other water features are prohibited during high winds if over-spray is caused
  • Restaurants and other food service establishment may only serve water to customers on request
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option
  • Recycled or reclaimed water should be used for grading and construction sites when available. If recycled or reclaimed water is not available, the amount of potable water used must be minimized and may not runoff the site or pond.

5. How do I report someone who is wasting water?
Water waste may be reported at www.malibucity.org/waterwaster or by calling One-Call-to-City-Hall after hours at 310-456-2589, ext. 311. Your identity will be kept confidential when a report is submitted by phone or online.

Water Saving Measures

1. How can I save water indoors or outdoors?
Residents and businesses may conduct an easy self-audit but may also request a free water audit from water retailer Los Angeles County Waterworks District 29 by sending a request for a water audit to . There are also easy and practical water saving measures, including using water efficient hardware which is often eligible for rebates. See www.malibucity.org/rebates for more information on rebates.

2. Do you have any suggestions for drought tolerant and native plants?
There are many lists and resources available online for California native plants and drought tolerant plants. Find resources at www.malibucity.org/OFG

3. Are there other water conservation rebates available?
There are a number of rebates available including for high efficiency washing machines, weather-based irrigation controllers, rotary sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels, cisterns, and more. For a list of rebate and incentive programs visit www.malibucity.org/rebates

Contact Us
After-Hours Hotline
310-456-CITY (456-2489) ext. 311

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City of Malibu