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City adopts revised water conservation regulations

August 30, 2016

The Cerritos City Council recently adopted revised regulations for all water users in the City in response to the State Water Resources Control Board easing restrictions.

The restriction of limiting residential and commercial irrigation to two days per week during June through September and one day per week from October through May has been lifted.

Except when necessary to address an immediate health or safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency, the City regulations still prohibit the following:

  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures. Water runoff is defined as water accumulation sufficient to cause a flow of water off of landscaped areas;
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except when the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and
  • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.

Violation of the regulations is subject to a fine of up to $500 per day. The revised water conservation mandates will remain in effect through January 2017. The City will monitor the situation and determine the need for continued mandatory conservation measures.


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