The City of Glendale's Water Conservation Ordinance (Chapter 13.36 of the Glendale Municipal Code) contains a section entitled "No Water Waste Policy." This policy consists of 14 water use restrictions that are in effect all times. Non compliance with these provisions will be treated as municipal code violations. Violators would be subject to code enforcement which could result in criminal penalties ranging from $100 to $1,000, installation of a flow restrictor, or water shut off.

A summary of the water use restrictions in the "No Water Waste Policy" are:

  • No hose washing of paved areas (we suggest using a broom for cleaning these areas);
  • No overspray or runoff of water at any time;
  • Decorative fountains must have a water recirculation system;
  • Water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours;
  • Irrigation Times:
    • No irrigation of landscaped areas between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;
    • No irrigation when wind is blowing or when it is raining:
  • Hand washing of commercial and non-commercial privately owned vehicles must be done using a hand-held bucket and quick rinses using a hose with a positive shutoff nozzle;
  • Commercial Car Wash and Laundry:
    • New commercial conveyor car wash and commercial laundry must use recirculating water system;
    • All commercial conveyor car washes must install recirculating water systems by July 1, 2014;
  • Construction water will not result in runoff and recycled water is to be used when available;
  • Fire hydrants are to be used only for fire fighting unless a permit has been obtained;
  • Dining Establishments
    • Drinking water served only upon request of customer;
    • Must use water-conserving pre-rinse spray valves effective January 1, 2010;
  • Dining establishments and lodging establishments required to post water conservation notices;
  • Commercial lodging establishments required to post notices giving guests option of no daily laundry service;
  • Single pass cooling systems prohibited in new buildings or in buildings expanding water service;
  • Process water for business and industrial use shall be recycled to the greatest extent possible.