New Water Ordinance 1221 Promotes Water Conservation

The City of Brea has adopted the new Water Shortage Contingency Response Ordinance 1221 on June 1, 2021. Efforts to conserve remain important in order to protect supplies. Wasteful practices are always prohibited under statewide restrictions that have been made permanent. 

Make Water Conservation a Way of Life! 

  1. No outdoor watering from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

  2. Outdoor automated irrigation is limited to only four days per week:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from May to September. Beginning October to April, the watering schedule changes to two days a week:  Monday & Friday.

  3. Limit watering to 10 minutes per station.  

City of Brea Water Shortage Contingency Response Ordinance 1221 & Water Shortage Contingency Response Plan 

For complete details about the Ordinance or the Plan click on the hyperlinks above or continue reading below for the summary. 

Brea’s ordinance is intended as a partnership with the public for conservation. There is a focus on outdoor uses as this is where the largest quantities of water are typically used. Failure to reduce consumption on a citywide basis may result in additional mandatory reductions imposed by the State. Penalties could result for those persons who do not comply with the ordinance. While the ordinance calls for sensible conservation efforts on the part of all water customers, a specific numeric reduction requirement has not been identified for individual households. Brea emphasizes customer education and voluntary compliance to promote water conservation as a way of life.

Remember, Brea’s tiered water rate system also creates financial incentives for wise water use. Many customers have already made good reductions to control costs. They are careful with their usage and understand moderation keeps their water bill lower. Now it is time for all customers to participate as conscientious consumers and share the responsibility for conservation. 

The Water Shortage Contingency Response Ordinance established the legal foundation and adopted the State’s mandatory and permanent requirements. The Water Shortage Contingency Response Plan is a living document that contains the specific details that water customers are regulated to promote conservation or to protect water supplies.   

Water Use Guidelines 

Here is a summary of key permanent changes always in effect. 

  1. Outdoor watering is prohibited between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is limited to 10 minutes per station.
  2. Excessive water flow or runoff is prohibited.
  3. No watering during or 48 hours after a rain event.
  4. Washing down hard or paved surfaces are prohibited, with certain exceptions.
  5. Re-circulating water is required for water fountains and decorative water features.
  6. Drinking water is served only upon request at eating or drinking establishments.
  7. Vehicle washing for residents may only occur with the use of a bucket or a hose with a nozzle that automatically shuts off when the handle is released.
  8. Watering ornamental turf on public medians is prohibited.
  9. Water leaks must be fixed with 72 hours. 

In addition to the new permanent requirements, Level 1 calls for additional requirements to promote water conservation. 

  1. May to September, outdoor watering is limited to four days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday).
  2. October to April, outdoor watering is limited to two days per week (Monday & Friday).
  3. Alternative schedules can be petitioned to the City Water Superintendent by calling 714-990-7691. 

As a large water customer itself, the City of Brea closely monitors its own meters to save money and to be environmentally responsible. The City has upgraded its irrigation systems to make them more efficient.  Street medians have been retrofitted using slow drip lines directly to plants and irrigation has been cut to medians. Some medians feature synthetic turf, which is being evaluated for other areas where feasible. Civic buildings have been retrofitted with plumbing devices that reduce flows. 

Additional Information

To get more comprehensive water-saving solutions for both outside and inside of your home, please visit  You will be informed of any changes through regional mass media channels. 

For additional information about operation in the City of Brea, or to report water waste please call the Brea Water Division at 714-990-7691. 

If violations are observed, please provide the address, date and time, so the City can educate the water customer about the ordinance for compliance.