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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


California is in an unprecedented four-year drought which has led Governor Brown to issue an order requiring Californians to cut their water use significantly. The City of Fullerton is currently at a Level 3 Drought Response and will need to reduce water usage by 28% compared to 2013 numbers from now to February 28, 2016. The Governor’s order calls for several short-term measures that can be implemented relatively quickly as well as a number of longer-term measures that will take some time to implement.

Residents and businesses will see increased restrictions on water use– from limits on outdoor watering for parks, golf courses, schools and cemeteries, to no lawn watering between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and no watering of street medians containing turf .

During the summer months, residential water usage peaks due to outdoor watering. By reducing outdoor watering by 50%, we’ll be well on our way to reaching the Governor’s goal. 




Lawn Watering is Restricted to One Day a Week

    Effective immediately until April 30, 2016- Winter Outdoor Watering Schedule:


  • Outdoor Watering on Lawn or other Turf Areas is Restricted to One Day a Week Watering
  • No outdoor watering on lawn or other turf areas on Monday through Friday
  • Addresses that end in 0,2,4,6,8 may water on Saturday
  • Addresses that end in 1,3,5,7,9 may water on Sunday
  • Prohibit outdoor watering on lawn or other turf areas on all days between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 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.


Gold is the New Green!

You can spruce up your lawn with our new lawn sign telling your neighbors that you are doing your part to help spare Fullerton's water! Pick up a sign today at City Hall, Fullerton Community Center, or the City Maintenance Yard. Sign will be available starting June 20, 2015.
Lawn Sign 18"x24"

Lawn Signs are available at:

  • Fullerton City Hall - 303 W. Commonwealth Avenue, 7:00am to 5:00pm M-Th, some F - 2nd floor Engineering counter
  • Fullerton Maintenance  Yard - 1580 W. Commonwealth Avenue,  7:00am to 4:00pm M-Th, some F


    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

    myFullerton App

    myFullerton places the power of City Government in the palm of your hands. Easily notify issues to the City of Fullerton along with a photo and GPS location. Your request will automatically be routed to the correct department. Opt in to receive notifications and we will let you know when the issue has been cleaned up. Thanks for helping to take the time to keep Fullerton Clean.


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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


    More Info