Does the City have restrictions on outdoor watering at residential properties?

Currently, the City does not have restrictions on outdoor watering for single family residential customers.

The City will be enforcing the irrigation ban on non-functional turf at commercial, industrial, and Institutional (CII) properties and common areas maintained by homeowners associations.

The State has defined non-functional turf as, “a ground cover surface of mowed grass that is ornamental and not otherwise used for human recreational purposes. Non-functional turf does not include school fields, sports fields, and areas regularly used for civic or community events." Failure to comply may result in a fine of up to $500 from the SWRCB. 

Additionally, the following water waste prohibitions remain in place:

  • Do not allow water to run and be wasted during outdoor use 
  • Do not allow leaks to persist for more than 48 hours 
  • Do not use a handheld hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • Do not operate fountains unless the water is recirculating 
  • Do not wash or hose down hardscape surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks 
  • Do not irrigate outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall

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1. What are the State’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations?
2. Is the City currently experiencing a Water Shortage Event?
3. Does the City have restrictions on outdoor watering at residential properties?
4. What actions is the City taking to address the drought?
5. Why does the City of Ventura continue to issue building permits?
6. How can I get my water use information?
7. How can we continue to use our water efficiently indoors and outdoors?
8. How can I stay informed about Ventura’s water issues?