I want to put in a new lawn; if I do, will there be restrictions on how much I can water it?

Yes. ACWD has declared a water shortage emergency and adopted water use restrictions, regulations, and guidelines that limit irrigation of lawns. Please see the image below for a summary of the lawn irrigation restrictions. Please visit acwd.org/WSEOrdinance for full details. 

Irrigation days per week

 

 ACWD encourages customers to install water-efficient landscapes and provides a rebate to customers that replace existing lawns with this type of landscape. There are many benefits to installing water-efficient landscape rather than a new lawn:

  1. Water-efficient landscapes are designed to survive dry year conditions and so you can have a thriving landscape year-round and as the climate fluctuates. 
  2. Water-efficient landscape require significantly less water than a lawn and could reduce your water bill. 
  3. You may be eligible to receive a rebate if you have a lawn and replace it with a water-efficient landscape. Please visit acwd.org/rebates to determine if your lawn qualifies for our water-efficient landscape rebate program or contact the Water Use Efficiency Team at 510-668-4218.

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1. I’m already saving water. What more can I do to conserve? How am I supposed to conserve an additional 15%?
2. Do I need to stop watering my trees?
3. What are the maximum irrigation days per week allowed?
4. Why has ACWD declared a water shortage emergency?
5. What water use is prohibited during the water shortage emergency?
6. I understand the days per week that I can water my lawn is limited. How long should I water each day?
7. How did ACWD determine the irrigation schedule outlined in the drought ordinance?
8. What if I have special circumstances and need to use water for an item that is considered a mandatory restricion?
9. I have noticed water waste occurring in my neighborhood, at work, etc. How do I report it?
10. What is the ban on non-functional turf for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers passed by the State of California?
11. What is "non-functional" turf?
12. How do you determine if turf is considered functional or non-functional?
13. Are there exemptions to the non-functional turf ban for commercial, industrial, or institutional properties or HOA common areas?
14. What is a water shortage emergency?
15. When will the water supply emergency go into effect?
16. Does ACWD have water use restrictions due to the drought?
17. How does the water shortage emergency and ordinance affect customers?
18. What are the voluntary water use guidelines set by the ordinance?
19. What if I see someone violating the ordinance mandatory restrictions?
20. What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
21. What recommendations does ACWD have for landscape irrigation during drought?
22. I have noticed some parks and sports fields being irrigated more than the schedule outlined in the ordinance. Why is this happening?
23. Why is the use of decorative water fountains prohibited by ACWD's Ordinance Declaring a Water Shortage Emergency and Adopting Water Use Regulations, Restrictions, and Guidelines?
24. How long will the water shortage emergency last and restrictions remain in place?
25. Is drought a result of climate change?
26. Do I need to let my lawn dry out? Will my lawn die due to the reduced irrigation schedule?
27. Does ACWD have enough water?
28. Why is new development and construction allowed during drought and even during this water shortage emergency?
29. I am interested in water conservation. What rebates does ACWD offer residential and commercial customers?
30. I want to put in a new lawn; if I do, will there be restrictions on how much I can water it?
31. Why doesn't your lawn removal rebate program cover artificial turf or concrete if replacing my lawn with these saves water?
32. What is ACWD doing to reduce its water use?
33. Are there any restrictions for draining and filling my pool?
34. Why is the District flushing mains in a drought?
35. Why are some fire hydrants open with water discharging?
36. Why doesn't ACWD recapture the water discharged from fire hydrants in the Main Cleaning Program?
37. Does the State of California offer a lawn removal rebate program I can participate in?
38. Will you be raising your $2/square foot rebate amount for your lawn removal program?
39. Will the District raise rates because of the drought?
40. With drought and fire season approaching, do you offer rebates for removal of other types of landscape, like trees?
41. If my water supply is terminated, how can I restore it?