California Drought Update

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On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, which lifts the drought emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices.

In light of the Governor’s Executive Order, above average rainfalls that have improved the State’s water supplies, as well as the District’s 2016 historic agreement with Orange County Water District to resume its right to pump 2,025 acre-feet of groundwater from the Santa Ana River Basin, the District’s Board of Directors rescinded the Level 1 Water Shortage Emergency declaration at its June 22, 2017, meeting.

District customers are still required to adhere to the permanent mandatory restrictions listed below. These prohibitions are to remain in effect at all times and, if not adhered to, represent waste and unreasonable use of water. State regulators have cautioned that California could return to strict conservation measures if water-saving efforts dramatically slip or if last winter’s rain and snow turns out to be a blip in the easing of the drought.

NOTE: Not all Laguna Beach residents live within the District's boundaries, portions of South Laguna are served by the South Coast Water District.  For a list of South Coast Water District Restrictions follow this link: South Coast Water District CA Drought Update.


  1. Watering landscapes between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
  2. Allowing excess irrigation water to flow onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  3. Washing vehicles without using a bucket or hose with a  shutoff nozzle.
  4. Hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.
  5. Using irrigation systems during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  6. Operating decorative water fountains or water features that do not recirculate water.
  7. Permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired.
  8. Serving water in restaurants unless specifically requested.
  9. Not providing Hotel guests with the option to not launder linens.
  10. Using water from fire hydrants without Authorization.
  11. Using potable water on turf in public street medians.
  12. Using potable water in newly constructed homes and buildings that do not use drip or microspray.
  13. Using water wastefully without purpose.

Violations are subject to fines. First Violation: Warning, Second Violation: $100, Third Violation: $250, Fourth Violation: $500. The above is in accordance to District Resolution No. 797, a resolution of the Board of Directors of Laguna Beach County Water District of Orange County, California calling for activation of the District's "Level 1 - Water Supply Shortage Alert (Water Alert)" Pursuant to District Ordinance 100.


  • Orange County is a long-time leader in water efficiency. Since 1990, residents have reduced their average daily use by 25 percent.
  • Since 2013, daily water use in Orange County has decreased by approximately 10 percent.
  • Orange County has one of the most robust water use efficiency programs in the state.
    • Regional water use efficiency efforts have saved over one hundred billion gallons of water since 1990, that's enough water to serve the entire population of San Francisco for 3 years.
  • Thanks to our long-standing commitment to water efficiency, Orange County's population has grown by 25 percent since 1990 yet total water use has decreased.
  • Southern California agencies have invested $12 billion  over the past 20 years to increase water use efficiency and develop local supplies.


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