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City of Fresno Compliance with State of California
 Emergency Conservation Regulations

On May 21, 2015, the Fresno City Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance of the City of Fresno, California amending Section 6-520 of the Fresno Municipal Code relating to regulations for urban water conservation to limit water waste. The Ordinance included State of California Emergency Conservation Regulations that were adopted May 5, 2015, by the State Water Board in accordance with the Governor’s directive. The provisions of the emergency regulation went into effect on May 18, 2015.


Emergency Conservation Regulation

On November 13, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-36-15 (EO B-36-15) that calls for an extension of restrictions to urban potable water usage until October 31, 2016, should drought conditions persist through January 2016. EO B-36-15 is the fifth in a series of Executive Orders by Governor Brown on actions necessary to address California's severe drought conditions, which directed the State Water Board to implement mandatory water reductions in urban areas to reduce potable urban water usage by 25 percent statewide. On May 5, 2015, the State Water Board adopted an emergency conservation regulation in accordance with the Governor's directive. The provisions of the emergency regulation went into effect on May 18, 2015.

Emergency Conservation Regulation (5/18/15) Prohibited for Everyone 

  • Using potable water to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians
  • Using potable water to irrigate landscapes of new homes & buildings inconsistent with CBSC & DHCD requirements
  • Using outdoor irrigation during & 48 hours following measurable precipitation*
  • Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
  • Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars
  • Runoff when irrigating with potable water
  • Using potable water to wash sidewalks & driveways Required for Water Suppliers
  • Achieve designated conservation standard (4%-36%)
  • Notify customers about leaks that are within the customer's control
  • Report on water use, compliance & enforcement Required for Business 
  • Hotels & motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels & linens laundered daily
  • Restaurants & other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request

*Note: The City of Fresno prohibits of irrigating outdoor ornamental landscapes with potable water during and following 48 hours of a measurable rainfall. National Weather Service Forecast Office Hanford, CA provides the measurement report which is located at the Fresno Yosemite Airport. Measurable rainfall starts at .01 of an inch.

Link for the State of California Water Conservation Portal – Emergency Conservation Regulation:

City of Fresno
Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Amended 11/20/14
Stage Two Water Use Regulations are summarized as Follows:

  • Limit summer outdoor irrigation to 2 days per week with reduced watering times. 
  • Vehicles may be washed by hand by bucket only (a hose with shut-off nozzle may be used for a quick rinse.)

All other restrictions remain in place from the City of Fresno’s original water conservation policy.  Any additional directives from the State of California will be included in the water conservation policy.