Water Use Prohibitions

On June 2, 2016 the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage, rescinding the Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage (Board Resolution WD-1353). 

The adoption of the Stage 1 Supply Shortage means that one additional outdoor watering day will now be permitted during the hot and dry summer months. Watering is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from April 1 through September 30. From October 1 through March 31 when the temperature is cooler and there is more natural rainfall, watering will only be allowed on Tuesdays and Saturdays. All other restrictions previously in effect under Stage 2 remain in effect and are listed below.


  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape during summer months on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until September 30th of the current year. Two-day per week landscape irrigation (Tuesdays and Saturdays) will begin in the winter on October 1st of the current year. 
  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape 10 minutes per station per watering day, or 20 minutes if using water-efficient rotating nozzles 
  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape before 9am or after 4pm.
  • Residents and businesses cannot irrigate landscape during measurable rainfall or anytime within 48 hours afterwards.
  • Residents and businesses cannot irrigate landscape or use water in any other manner that results in unreasonable runoff where water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walks, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Residents and businesses cannot wash hardscape (driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, patios, other outdoor impermeable surface areas) with a hose, unless using a pressurized cleaning device. Click here for information on qualifying pressure washers.
  • Residents and businesses cannot allow the wasting of water due to plumbing or pipeline breaks, leaks or other malfunctions.
  • Residents cannot wash a vehicle with a hose unless it has a water shut-off nozzle or device attached to the hose that prevents water from running continuously while washing.
  • Residents must cover pools and spas when not in use. Click here for pool and spa best management practices. 
  • Residents and businesses cannot operate a fountain or other water feature that does not re-circulate the water.


  • Restaurants cannot serve water to customers without the customer requesting it.
  • Restaurants and all other commercial, industrial, institutional food preparation sites cannot use pre-rinse heads having flow-rates greater than 1.5 gallons of water per minute.
  • Kitchens or objects such as kitchen non-skid mats cannot be washed with a hose unless using a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device that discharges water at a minimum of 1,000 pounds per square inch or uses less than 3 gallons of water per minute.
  • Hotels and motels must post signs to notify patrons they can choose not to have linens and towels washed daily. 
  • A commercial laundry system installed after November 3, 2006, must use devices that re-circulates wash and/or rinse water.
  • A conveyor type car wash system must re-circulate the wash and/or rinse water.
  • A single-pass cooling system cannot be installed in a building requesting a water connection after November 3, 2006. 


  • Water account owners must use reclaimed water if the General Manager has provided to the customer an analysis showing that reclaimed water is a cost-effective alternative to potable water and the customer has had 90 days to make the conversion to reclaimed water.
  • Water account owners irrigating landscape using reclaimed water must not do so to the point that the landscape becomes saturated and irrigation waters flow off the landscape.

There are several methods for reporting a violation of one of the city's Prohibited Uses of Water:

Fill out a report online at www.lbwater.org/report-water-waster

Send an email message to waterconservation@

Leave a phone message at 562-570-2455

Download the free Report a Water Waster mobile app available for iPhones & Androids