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Drought Response Plan

Drought Response Plan

Are you a Fullerton Water Hero? Many residents have cut back significantly in their water usage, and the City of Fullerton wants to celebrate their efforts and share their water saving tips as Fullerton’s ‘Water-Saving Heroes’. To nominate yourself or someone you know, please fill out the application below. For further information, please contact Phuong Nguyen at (714) 738-2835 - PhuongN@cityoffullerton.com.

 Water Savings


The State Water Board adopted revised emergency regulations which extends restrictions on urban water use through October 31, 2016.  Fullerton’s application for new local drought-resilient supply credit was recently approved by the State Water Board. The city now will need to reduce water usage by 21% compared to 2013 numbers from now to October 31, 2016.
Although this is the wettest year since the drought began in 2012, one wet season is not enough to end the drought and the impacts that we’ve experienced from the past four years of drought. Since June 1, 2015, Fullerton has already conserved water by nearly 20%. Let’s continue our part to help protect our water resource!


Watering Restrictions

Summer Outdoor Watering Schedule begins on May 1st, 2016. Outdoor irrigation is allowed two days per week. Fullerton still has a 21% state mandated water reduction, and we ask our customers to continue to use water efficiently. Thank you for your efforts to conserve water!

  • Addresses that end in 0,2,4,6,8 may water on Tuesday and Saturday
  • Addresses that end in 1,3,5,7,9 may water on Thursday and Sunday
  • Prohibit outdoor watering on lawn or other turf areas on all days between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM
  • Limit on watering duration:
  • No more than five (5) minutes per station for non-conserving nozzles (e.g. spray heads, sprinklers and bubblers); or
  • No more than fifteen (15) minutes per cycle and up to two (2) cycles per station for high efficiency sprinkler nozzles;
  • No limitation on maximum watering minutes for water efficient drip irrigation (e.g. low-flow drip type irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two (2) gallons of water per hour).
  • Outdoor watering of turf areas and other landscape areas with potable water shall be prohibited during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Prohibit water runoff from landscaped areas into adjoining streets, sidewalks or other paved areas due to incorrectly directed or incorrectly maintained sprinklers or excessive watering
  • Prohibit using a hose to wash down paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and parking areas
  • Hand watering of plants and trees is encouraged during the early mornings and evenings.


Water Helpline

Let us continue to work together to help reduce water use during the drought. If you notice a broken pipe in your neighborhood or suspect a water leak in your yard, or if you would like someone to conduct a free water use assessment, please call the Water Helpline. Together we can conserve our precious water resources.
(714) 738-6744

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Conservation Notice

Door Hangers

Some of the most common excessive water activities observed include broken or misaligned sprinklers, watering during the hottest time of the day or when it raining, and excessive water runoff from the property. The door hanger is a friendly reminder regarding voluntary and mandatory water efficiency measures and provides recommendations and/or requirements to address the observed excessive water activities. If you have any questions regarding issuance of a door hanger please contact our water conservation staff at (714) 738-2835. 

Conservation Notice - Door Hanger - pdf


Current Conservation Level

Conservation Phases

The Fullerton Drought Response Plan has entered into Phase III conservation and additional measures.
Learn about the phases of conservation.



Water Conservation Resources:


Rebate Programs

  • SoCal Water $mart
  • Indoor and outdoor rebates. Including clothes washers, toilets, sprinklers, irrigation controllers, and rain barrels.
  • Turf removal rebates are no longer available


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