In order to balance the community’s need to conserve water with the desire to preserve the health, safety and well-being of Riverside’s neighborhoods, the City Council has amended the City’s landscape maintenance ordinance to provide a tiered approach to enforcement with correlating levels for each stage of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
Currently, the City of Riverside is in Stage 1 – Normal Condition restrictions. This means that mandatory conservation restrictions have been eased or lifted entirely. As always, please consider continuing with your water conservation efforts. Customers may water anytime of the day or night with no restricted hours.
While some water use restrictions are easing, other have become State law. The following wasteful activities are now prohibited across California and would be considered unreasonable uses of water:
1. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
2. The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and
4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.