To ensure an adequate water supply for Oxnard's Residents and
Businesses, the City Council established the following
MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
Ordinance #2810 - July 23, 2009

Efforts undertaken by you and your family to use water efficiently will help ensure an adequate water supply now and for future generations. Click on the link below to view the full Water Waste ordinance.

Summary of Oxnard City Code Article VIII. Water Waste
Effective July 23, 2009, amended on April 6, 2010.

Prohibits waste or unreasonable use of water and mandates water conservation both within and outside city limits

Water Conservation Ordinance Prohibitions and Requirements:
Under the water conservation ordinance, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Excessive irrigation of landscape which results in water running off and/or pooling on hard-surfaced areas, including sidewalks, streets, driveways, and patios.
  • Washing a vehicle or boat without a workable automatic shut off nozzle installed on the hose.
  • Washing down hard surfaces or the exterior of a building using a hose or flooding, except as required for the protection of public health and safety.
  • Serving water at eating establishments without customer request.
  • Filling and refilling swimming pools except as required for repair or maintenance, health and safety reasons, or in small amounts as needed to maintain proper water levels.
  • Irrigating landscape between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, except when testing an irrigation system or making repairs.
  • Irrigating when it is raining.
  • Irrigating for more than 15 minutes per day per irrigation station except when certain high efficiency irrigation equipment is used.
  • Washing dishes in commercial eating establishments without the use of a high efficiency pre-rinse spray nozzle.
  • Installing new commercial car wash and laundry systems without re-circulating water systems.
  • Installing single-pass commercial/industrial cooling systems.

 In addition, the new ordinance contains the following requirements:

  • Plumbing leaks, breaks, and malfunctions must be fixed within 72 hours of discovery.
  • Ornamental fountains and water features must use recycled water or be equipped with a re-circulating pump.
  • Hotels and motels must post notices encouraging water conservation practices, including the option of not having linens and towels laundered daily.

 RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS

If a person fails to comply with the Ordinance, the following will occur:

  • First Violation: written warning entered on water service record and delivered to customer via mail, personal service, or other reasonable means.
  • Second Violation: surcharge imposed on utility bill (25% of most recent bill or $25, which ever is greater). Advanced notice must be given through personal service as outlined in the Ordinance.
  • Third Violation: surcharge imposed on utility bill (50% of most recent bill or $50, which ever is greater). Advanced notice must be given through personal service as outlined in the Ordinance.
  • Fourth Violation: Installation of flow-restricting devices. Advanced notice must be given through personal service and charges can be applied as outlined in the Ordinance.
  • Additional Violations Beyond 4: Discontinuation of water service. Advanced notice must be given through personal service as outlined in the Ordinance.

 ENFORCEMENT

The Ordinance shall be enforced by the police department, fire department, development services, public works, and other designated persons under their respective authority or as assigned by the City Manager.

Oxnard City Code Article VIII: Water Waste  PDF File (25 KB)

Ordinance No. 2810 - Effective July 23, 2009  PDF File (624 KB)

Ordinance No. 2826 Amending Water Conservation Code 22-136 and 22-142  PDF File (107 KB)

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For further information:
Water Conservation Outreach Services

(805) 385-8136

Last Updated: Oct 30 2012