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Due to the long-term drought facing California and in response to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Brown, the Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 05-14 at their October 14, 2014 meeting.

Ordinance 05-14, the City of Orange Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Program, is meant to help conserve the available water supply and provide a contingency plan in times of drought or other water emergencies. The new conservation requirements include:

    • Watering or irrigation of landscaping is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • Watering or irrigation of landscaping is limited to no more than 10 minutes of watering per station on days allowed.
    • Watering or irrigation of landscaping with potable water is limited to 2 days per week (Tuesday and Friday) during the months of April through October.
    • Watering landscape areas during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall is prohibited.
    • During the months of November through March, watering landscape area with potable water is limited to no more than one day per week (Tuesday).
    • Washing down hard or paved surfaces such as driveways, streets, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.   
    • Watering or irrigation of landscaping in a manner that causes or allows excessive runoff onto driveways, streets, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.
    • Using water to wash a vehicle is prohibited except by hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle.
    • Obligation to fix leaks within 48 hours.
    • For a complete list of the new water restrictions, including provisions, exceptions, waivers, and adopted water conservation stages, please view Ordinance No. 05-14 or you may copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://citydocs.cityoforange.org/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=243589419&&dbid=0 .  To view the resolution to Ordinance No. 05-14 adopted May 12, 2015, click Resolution No. 10865.
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Saving Water Saves You Money

Currently, the City of Orange is partnered with Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), offering many different indoor and outdoor rebates and incentives as well as free of charge water saving programs to all of our customers.

To learn more about these programs and how to apply, please follow the link: www.ocwatersmart.com

In addition, the website also provides useful information about other water conservation topics such as OC Storm Water Program, Garden Friendly Program, California Friendly Landscape Resources, Water Saving Tips, H2Os for HOAs, etc.  

If you have further questions about Water Conservation in the City of Orange, please contact the Public Works Water Division at (714) 288-2475 or email the
Water Division - Water Conservation.

Water Services

The Water Division is responsible for providing clean, safe water to the City of Orange and for designing and constructing the system that supplies the residents and businesses with water.

For information regarding utility billing, including new water service, please call (714) 744-2233.

For after-hours emergencies, please call (714) 538-1961.

For general information, please call (714) 288-2475.

For current fee schedule and water rates, click here.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County and 19 other participating water and wastewater utilities are updating the Orange County Regional Water and Wastewater Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was approved in February of 2007. (click here)


On November 12, 2007 drinking water supplied by the Metropolitan Water District to the City of Orange will be fluoridated to a level of 0.8 ppm (parts per million). Combined fluoride levels in the City's drinking water will range from 0.0 to 0.8 ppm. For more information on fluoride, see 

Well Permit

For Well Permit information,
click here.

Groundwater Replenishment System

The Orange County Water District is undertaking a project that will increase the County's groundwater supply. The Groundwater Replenishment System will provide enough water to meet the needs of approximately 140,000 families each year and will reduce the County's dependence on imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River. To learn more; click on the  Water Consumer Confidence ReportFurther information can be obtained through the following links:

Groundwater Replenishment System

Water Division Standards Plans

Urban Water Management Plan 2010

Orange County Water District

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