California, and much of the western United States, has been subject to a series of devastating droughts over the last few decades so the state of California has instituted a number of water-use regulations aimed at making wise water use a daily fact of life.

Fontana Water Company customers were among the most successful water savers during the drought that ended last year.

The fact is, the state’s water supplies are stretched pretty thin, even without a drought, so the state has a set of permanent water use restrictions for residential customers.

Water Waste Restrictions

Customers should not do the following:

  • Hose off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.
  • Wash a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Operate a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Water outdoor landscape in a manner that causes excess runoff, or within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • Irrigate with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.

Violation of any of these prohibited or restricted water-uses may be subject to a fine for each day in which the violation occurs. A public agency representative may issue a citation in accordance with locally adopted municipal codes, adopted ordinances, or in cooperation with Fontana Water Company.

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