Water Use Restrictions

Allowed Water Uses

  • You can use a qualifying pressure washer to hose down sidewalks and streets (a simple spray nozzle does not qualify as a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device). Click here for information on qualifying pressure washers.
  • You can wash a vehicle at home, if your hose has a shut-off nozzle to prevent wasteful runoff

Click here to read the Long Beach Water Department’s “Best  Management Practices for Pool and Spa Owners” that will help reduce potentially wasted water.

Water use efficiency is our way of life here in California. We all have to do our part in making sure we are being water-wise.

Long Beach has permanent water restrictions and watering day rules in effect. If you see inefficient water use in Long Beach, let us know anonymously by clicking the button below.

What are the landscape watering days?

Starting June 1, 2022, landscape watering is allowed on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.

More information on the Stage 2 restrictions going into effect can be found here.

Water Use Rules

  • Water landscape on Tuesdays and Saturdays only
  • Water landscape 10 minutes per station per watering day, or 20 minutes if using water-efficient rotating nozzles
  • Water landscape only before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • No watering landscape during or 48 hours after rainfall
  • No watering landscape or using water that results in runoff that flows onto neighboring properties, sidewalks walks, roadways, parking lots or structures
  • No washing hardscape (driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, patios, other outdoor impermeable surface areas) with a hose, unless using a pressurized cleaning device. A simple spray nozzle does not qualify as a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device. Click here for information on qualifying pressure washers.
  • No wasting of water due to plumbing or pipeline breaks, leaks or other malfunctions
  • Wash a vehicle with a hose that has a water shut-off nozzle or device attached to the hose that prevents water from running continuously while washing
  • Cover pools and spas when not in use. Click here for pool and spa best management practices.
  • No operating a fountain or other water feature that does not re-circulate the water

Additional Commercial Restrictions

  • Irrigation of non-functional turf (grass) in commercial, industrial and institutional settings is prohibited, read more on the state restriction here
  • 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 spray nozzles 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 Nov. 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 Nov. 3, 2006

Recycled Water Restrictions

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

Water & Sewer System Design Guidelines