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Executive Order B-40-17 - Water Conservation as a California Way of Life

Governor Brown recently passed Executive Order B-40-17, which aims at Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.  The State Water Resources Control Board shall continue to develop permanent prohibitions on wasteful water use and requirements for reporting water use by urban water agencies.  Permanent restrictions shall prohibit wasteful practices such as: 

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes; 
  • Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature; 
  • Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation; and 
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.  

Citywide Phase IV Water Conservation Regulations

The City of Monrovia is currently under Phase IV water conservation regulations. 

In July 2015, the Monrovia City Council adopted Phase IV of the Water Conservation Ordinance following Governor Brown's Executive Order requiring mandatory water conservation in response to the severe drought.

Help us conserve water by reporting Phase IV water conservation violations to the City in one of the following ways:

Note that the more information you provide, the better we will be able to respond to the violation. For example, if you are reporting repeated instances of over-watering, it is helpful to know what time(s) of day the watering normally occurs.

Our hope is to work with residents and businesses to achieve conservation together. 


The Following Restrictions are Now in Place

  • Mandatory 28-percent water conservation for Monrovia as a whole in order to meet the reduction level mandated by the State.
  • Outdoor watering should be limited to:
    • About once per week (no more than every fourth day)
    • No more than 15 minutes per landscaped area.
      • Note: The 15-minute limit does not apply to drip irrigation systems, new planting of low-water usage plants, or if reclaimed water is being used as permitted by law. 
    • Only before 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.
      • Note: Watering between 8 AM and 6 PM is permitted only if performing irrigation maintenance or leak repairs.
  • No person or customer shall cause or allow water to run off landscaped areas onto adjoining streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or as the result of excessive watering.
  • No person or customer shall irrigate any landscaping within 48 hours of measurable rainfall or during high winds.
  • No person shall use a hose to wash any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking area or other paved surface, except as required for sanitary purposes, and only with a water broom or similar device or hose equipped with a nozzle or quick relief shutoff valve.
  • Washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or other vehicles shall be done only with a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle.
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recycling (recirculating) system.
  • No restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria or other place where food is sold, served, or offered for sale shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested by that customer.
  • All customers shall promptly repair all leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures within 48 hours of discovery.

These regulations make an exception for health and safety circumstances.

The City of Monrovia must report the amount of potable water it produced the preceding month and compare that amount to the same calendar month in 2013 to show compliance with the State mandate. If we do not achieve our conservation requirement, the City of Monrovia is subject to up to $10,000 in fines per day.

Water is a critical part of California’s way of life. The economy, environment, and day-to-day lifestyle need water to flourish. Conservation will help stretch water availability.

There are lots of simple ways to reduce the amount of water used at home, both inside and outside. Most Californians use more water outdoors than indoors. In some areas, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping. Residents are encouraged to install drought-tolerant landscaping, turn off the sink when brushing their teeth, only wash full loads of laundry, and promptly fix leaks.

For more information on how to use water wisely, please contact Public Services at (626) 932-5575 or email PWcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


What does this mean for Monrovians?

Is there a fine for not complying with the Phase IV water restrictions?
The adopted State of California Emergency Regulation allows for Urban Water Suppliers to impose fines of up to $500.00 for noncompliance. However, the City of Monrovia’s City Council passed a resolution to issue fines up to $300.00 only as part of the following six-step Enforcement Plan:

  • First violation results in a door hanger containing water conservation information.
  • Second violation results in phone or in-person Staff contact providing conservation information.
  • Third violation results in a formal written notice containing information on the fines that may be issued if additional violations occur.
  • Fourth violation may result in a $100 fine.
  • Fifth violation may result in a $200 fine.
  • Sixth or more violations may result in a $300 fine.

The City wants to emphasize that the goal is to conserve water and comply with State mandates, not to issue a high number of fines or collect more money from our residents and businesses.

Furthermore, the City Manager or his designee can issue variances for customers who have received a violation notice and have extenuating circumstances that require them to conserve less water.

How long will the Mandatory Water Conservation Efforts be in effect?
These regulations will be in effect until the City Council cancels the Declaration of a Water Shortage Emergency, which will depend on the length and severity of the ongoing drought.

Where can I report water waste?
Please contact the City of Monrovia Public Services Department by completing the online form, calling (626) 932-5575 during regular business hours, or emailing PWcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us. 

Are there rebates available to help with my conservation efforts?
Yes, visit or call:

Are there any rebates available to convert my lawn to a drought-tolerant landscaping?
At this time, SoCal Water$mart is no longer accepting applications under the turf rebate program. A waitlist has been created for individuals and businesses who wish to standby should funds become available in the Fall. If funding becomes available in the Fall, customers will be selected from the waitlist on a first come, first served basis. To apply to the waitlist, or to learn about rebates for high-efficiency washing machines, toilets, and irrigation devices, visit www.socalwatersmart.com or call 1 (800) 376-3314.

Are there any local restrictions for converting my lawn to a drought resistant landscape?
Check with the Monrovia Building and Planning Divisions at (626) 932-5565 for information on permits required and the City landscaping ordinance.

Are you allowed to release pool water to the street?
Yes, if the pool water is free of debris and chemicals (chlorine, bromine, and copper), it can be discharged to the City street. You may also release pool water via a connection to the sanitary sewer drain. Please note that saltwater pools cannot be discharged to the street, rather they can only be released to the sanitary sewer drain. Due to the Phase IV drought restrictions, you are encouraged to first use pool water to irrigate your property. De-chlorinated pool water is not known to hurt your lawn. Excessive watering with pool water should be avoided so as not to cause water runoff. If the pool water is contaminated, by algae for instance, the water must be pumped by a hose into a sanitary sewer drain, such as a sink, toilet, or direct connection drain. Note that installing pool covers can help save water by reducing evaporation loss.

Can I get rebates to refill the water in my pool?
The City is not aware of any rebates offered to reduce costs associated with refilling swimming pools. Water rates will be applied as specified in the rate schedule.  For information on Monrovia’s current water rates contact (626) 932-3749.

How long do I have to make repairs or redirect my sprinklers prior to being fined up to $300?
The City will provide water users 48 hours to address the issue prior to issuing fines.

How can I clean my driveway or sidewalk outside of my business?
Use a broom and sweep up debris. To properly dispose of debris, please place in a solid waste container - Do not sweep or blow debris into the street or storm drain.

What is a positive shut-off nozzle and where can I purchase one?
A positive shut-off nozzle is a hose attachment where you must apply pressure for nozzle to work, otherwise it will shut-off automatically. You can purchase a positive shut-off nozzle at any hardware store and many other retail stores.


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