State Water Resources Control Board Announces Emergency Regulation for Water Reduction

The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an emergency regulation to reduce water demand and improve water conservation and called on all urban water suppliers to implement demand reduction measures. Urban water suppliers must comply with the emergency regulation regardless of whether or not an actual water shortage exists for the supplier’s service area.

Mesa Water has an abundant supply of water due to long-term investments in water sources and infrastructure. Between the Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) expert management of the Orange County Groundwater Basin (Basin) and the Groundwater Replenishment System, which helps refill the Basin – along with the Mesa Water Reliability Facility, our customers always have several years’ supply of 100% local, reliable, clean, safe, groundwater in storage.

To comply with the emergency regulation, the following outdoor watering restrictions will go in effect for Mesa Water customers, beginning June 10, 2022:

  • Mesa Water District residential customers are limited to four (4) days per week for outdoor watering. Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape, or other vegetated area with potable water is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on any day. Hand-held watering cans, buckets, or similar containers reasonably used to convey water for irrigation purposes are not subject to these time restrictions. Similarly, a hand-held hose equipped with a fully functioning, positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device may be used during the otherwise restricted period.
  • Commercial customers are not permitted to water any grass that is ornamental and not used for recreational purposes, except to the extent necessary to ensure the health of trees and other perennial non-turf plantings, or to address an immediate health and safety need.
  • All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in the water user’s plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by Mesa Water, or turned off, unless other arrangements are made with the District.

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If you see water waste in the community, please let us know by filling out our anonymous water waste reporting form. Once we receive the information, our staff will address the issue.