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Water conservation

California is in its fourth year of severe drought and the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies. What does this mean to Santa Ana residents?

Water restrictions


Mandatory 3% reduction in water use compared to usage during the same billing period in 2013.

  • Outdoor watering is restricted to no more than every other day or Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and only between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am
  • Leaks must be repaired within 48 hours of notification by the City
  • No washing down sidewalks or driveways
  • No excessive water flow or runoff that causes water to flow onto an adjoining sidewalk, driveway, street, alley, gutter or ditch
  • No washing vehicles with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • No operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system
  • No outdoor watering during and 48 hours following measurable rainfall

* Commercial nurseries and golf courses are exempt.

Avoid fines and do your part to prevent water waste. Help us preserve the availability of high quality fresh groundwater For all City of Santa Ana residents.

Water Use Efficiency Program (English)
Water Use Efficiency Program (Spanish)


  • Restaurants, cafes and bars can only serve water to customers on request
  • Hotels and motels must prominently display a notice providing guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily

Water conservation

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The City of Santa Ana is very focused on water conservation and is a Signatory with the California Urban Water Conservation Council.  Additionally, we are proud of the progress made in many areas such as:

  • Educating residents on water conservation programs and opportunities
  • Utilizing approximately 66 gallons of water per capita per day, among the lowest in Orange County which averages approximately 96 gallons per day for fiscal year 11-12. (Source: Orange County Water Suppliers Water Rates & Financial Information - Updated as of August 2013)
  • Providing weather-based irrigation, utilizing sensors that monitor moisture levels, to water only when necessary
  • Providing high-efficiency clothes washers that use less water and perform better (rebates are offered to residents)
  • Providing reclaimed water to commercial and industrial users for irrigation or processes
  • Actively working with City departments to adopt water conservation techniques and equipment
  • Working with the Municipal Water District of Orange County and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on a variety of conservation efforts

Additional information

3 ways to report water wasting

1. Call the Water Hotline: (714) 647-3500
2. Use the "mySantaAna" smart phone app
3. Send an email to: conservewater@santa-ana.org

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