Water Quality Department

 

NEW WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS ARE IN EFFECT INCLUDING A BAN ON IRRIGATION OVERSPRAY INTO CITY STORM DRAINS.
KEEP ALL RUNOFF OUT OF THE STREET GUTTER.


The Water Quality Department is organized into two divisions: Wastewater and Water Quality. There are 15 full-time employees in the department.

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Beach Water Quality Report Card for 2012-13

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TIPS FOR IRRIGATING EFFICIENTLY & LEGALLY

Recent state directives now require the City to prohibit irrigation runoff to the municipal storm drain system (streets, gutters, alleyways, and storm channels). The City is strongly encouraging all homeowners, property owners, and businesses to take immediate action to assess their irrigation systems and take the necessary steps to correct systems that produce water runoff to the storm drain system. There are several methods for irrigating efficiently and legally:

Installing Smart Irrigation Controllers Irrigation Controllers have internal clocks as well as sensors that will turn off the sprinklers in response to environmental changes. If it is raining, too windy or too cold, the Smart Irrigation Control sprinklers will automatically shut off. Contact your water utility provider for more information.

Altering sprinkler direction Eliminating irrigation overflow may be as simple as aiming the direction of your sprinklers at your lawn and away from the sidewalk, street, or driveway. By simply adjusting the direction of your sprinklers, you can save water, prevent water pollution from runoff, keep your lawn healthy, and save money.

Adjusting your sprinkler timers Lawns absorb the water they need to stay healthy within a few minutes of turning on the sprinklers. Time your sprinklers; when water begins running off your lawn, you can turn them off. Your timer can be set to water your lawn for this duration every time.

Watering by hand Instead of using sprinklers, consider watering your yard by hand. Hand-watering ensures that all plants get the proper amount of water and you will prevent any water runoff, which wastes water and carries pollutants into our waterways.

Fixing leaks Nationwide, households waste one trillion gallons of water a year to leaks – that is enough water to serve the entire state of Texas for a year. If your garden hose is leaking, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection. Fix broken sprinklers immediately.

Water at Sunrise Watering early in the morning will reduce water loss due to evaporation. Additionally, winds tend to die down in the early morning so the water will get to the lawn as intended. Consult with your water utility provider determining, which may have restrictions on hours for watering


For more information, please contact:
Mike Phillips
(949) 497-0390
mphillips@lagunabeachcity.net
Tracy Ingebrigtsen
(949) 497-0781
tingebrigtsen@lagunabeachcity.net

 505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Water Quality FAX # 949-494-1864