New Outdoor Watering Change Starts Nov 1

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CalCity of Thousand Oaks residents must reduce watering to one day per week through March 2016.

As part of the City’s Drought Action Plan, effective November 1st, the City of Thousand Oaks will move to a one day per week outside watering schedule. Residents may choose any day for outside irrigation. The one day per week schedule will be in effect through March 2016.

The other Level Two water regulations are still in effect, and apply to both residents and businesses:

  • Outside watering restricted to no more than 15 minutes per station
  • Outdoor irrigation prohibited between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • No watering during or 48 hours after any rain
  • No excessive runoff
  • No washing down of hard or paved surfaces
  • Leaks must be fixed within 48 hours

NOTE: California American Water customers have designated watering days.

Enforcement will be focused on voluntary compliance through education first, but fines of up to $500 per occurrence will be levied on repeat offenders.

A host of water conservation information, rebates, and resources can be found at Residents in need of a hardship waiver will find an application on that page to download and fill out.

A water hotline is available to report water waste in Thousand Oaks: (805) 375-5747

General information, water saving tips, report waste, request free in-home consultation, rebate programs and other resources is available by clicking or calling your appropriate water purveyor below.

City of Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2400 (conservation questions) (805) 375-5747  (Water Conservation Hotline & Surveys)

California American Water Co. 805-498-1266

California Water Service 805-497-2757

31 Comment

  1. One day a week is absurd. Trees are dying, This is the usual over reaction by government that did nothing to prevent this crisis.

  2. I understand from friends that Moorpark can water three times a week; until now, TO has been watering twice a week, while we, using Cal Am have been restricted to once a week for several months.

    Doesn’t ALL the water in this area of Ventura County come from the same sources…the Colorado river, Sierra runoff, wells?

    I would appreciate a response because from my viewpoint, we have been penalized more than anyone else.

    P.S. Read this month’s issue of National Geographic. Global warming IS affecting all of us. California isn’t doing enough to look towards the future in protecting all of us.

  3. I can’t believe this. I have hundreds of dollars invested in my yard plants and some of them are thirty years old. I am just supposed to stop watering them and let them die? I have no pets and no children that I have to water and only do laundry once a week and I am to be penalized for watering my plants and trees? We just recently read articles in the LA Times about people in Malibu who are using 90 times the amount of what other people are using. How is this fair just because they can afford to pay the fines? Joyce Pierce is absolutely correct – another over-reaction by the government. How about the golf courses? Are they allowed to water more than one day a week?

  4. We all hate to see our lawns die, but you grass is not feeding anyone! We all live is a desert region, so let the grass die and allow the water we do have go to agaculture and drinking water.

  5. Well we had a water pipe leaking in the middle of our street three weeks a go on Rusticpark CT, here in T.O. The city of T.O. crew came out and repaired the leak in a couple of days, The city of thousand oaks water conservation is a bunch of CRAP ! , I watch the city workers shut off the water to the street and houses and open up the 2 inch main on the fire hydrant and drained out thousands of gallons down the curb to clear the pipes for repair. why didn’t they CATCH THAT WATER IN A WATER TRUCK ? Then later that day they restored the water to the houses and around 4 PM . A city of T.O ford ranger pulled up to the fire hydrant open up the fire hydrants 2 inch main to the point the water was shooting across the street for 10 min as he dipped a clear plastic bottle into the stream checking the clarity of the water WTF. THOUSANDS of gallons GONE. AND I HAVE IT ON VIDEO, thats Thousand Oaks water conservation hard at work $ , but only water your residents once a week. CATCH YOUR RUN OFF CITY WORKER AND WATER THE PARKS FOR THE KIDS.

  6. I don’t get the part where you get to pick the day. CalAm is either Sat or Sun, depending on address. How can compliance be monitored? Areas should be assigned a day. That way, if they are watering on a different day, then everybody knows they are taking more than their share. I’m not sure about the city water, but cal am allowed unrestricted use of watering plants by hose so you can water your trees. As for precious plants, I choose precious plants that everyone can eat, and water everyone can drink over ornamental plants YOU can look at. It’s because everybody didn’t do their part that we didn’t hit the goal we needed so we wouldn’t get further restrictions. I’d rather have the government be a bit over cautious now than not enough. Not enough is what got us in this mess.

  7. Pick a day, you are 100% right on. Have people seen pictures of the reservoirs feeding this enormous city on the desert. We have to wake up that all this convenience we have enjoyed in the past is now not sustainable. We have watered 2 days a week and our lawn looks like crap. The majority of others in our neighborhood still have lush green lawns and now we have to go to one day. It’s frustrating.

  8. Is it still permissible to use drip or hand watering for more than one day a week? This would allow for keeping valuable trees alive. Our city has taken pride in its trees for many years. It is a shame to see median trees (some recently planted by the city) dying for lack of water.

  9. The City of Thousand Oaks is part of a bureaucratic heirarchy that only knows one response to crisis. Obey. This water shortage problem has been brewing for years, as local, state and federal government policy types debated the finer points of “green trash bins” and solar powered roller skates. It seems that nothing was done by elected officials to study the effect of the doubling of California’s population over the last fifty years on the actual need for water. And, nothing serious was undertaken to either slow population growth or develop water infrastructure to handle the increased demand. Governments simply stuck their head in the sand and hoped the bogey man named Drought would go away. Well, the inevitable has happened. And now “we” are in a “crisis”… a government made crisis. And now “we” are asked to sacrifice, without a single intelligent plan being developed to mitigate this chronic resource deficit. This is a manufactured crisis as much as it is a real one. But don’t expect bureaucrats to solve either kind. Just get in line, Comrade, turn off your sprinklers, and watch years of your hard work and investment wither and die. It’s your duty.

  10. This is confusing. Each time I read one of these city missives, I wonder if their water rules and regulations supersede those of Cal American Water and/or Cal Water. As residents of TOAKS must we comply with TWO sets of rules that don’t necessarily match? Does each specific rule (say watering day) trump the other if it is more stringent? We pay Cal Water for our water. They assign us a water “budget” each month, along with the usual rules about day of week, time of day, and length of watering—isn’t that enough command and control? Please someone explain why the city AND our water purveyors are both laying down the rules.

  11. How can you just pick a day on the calendar to reduce watering, when due to the same global warming that contributes to the drought, the daytime temperatures in November will probably be just as hot as October. Add in the upcoming, drying Santa Ana winds, and everything will be dead by December. I don’t care about the lawn, but I must keep my trees and bushes alive. (ps tree roots run under the lawns…)
    Based on weather patterns, December to March makes more sense.
    Having people AND BUSINESS stay on their own individual budget even makes more sense….

  12. what about the idea of shipping water to us from the states that have been flooded and by the way I’ve known as the city water it sparks mid day during times they should not be watering.

  13. Tell me this reasoning…Our intelligent Gov. Brown in the last few years has not had any problem inviting everyone (legal or not) to keep coming to CA since we’re sooooooooooo understanding and compassionate. However last I understood, don’t all the people he’s welcoming to our state need WATER too yet we are told we’re in a crisis situation and we all need to “do our part” to conserve. Well many of us native Californians and those who have lived here for decades are doing what we can to conserve and losing our lawns and gardens in the process while Brown invites more people to keep coming on in. What’s wrong with this picture??? Also we’re using less water and many water suppliers are now telling us that their revenues are down (DUH!) and they have to hike our rates to compensate. Makes you feel like we all have a big target on us doesn’t it? We’d better hope and get a real good rainy season or it’s really going to get ugly…and I just don’t mean visually.

  14. Boots Mertens I was with you and what you said until you mentioned that Malibu can afford the fines. What a ridiculous statement. Don’t assume that everyone in Malibu has money to burn. NO ONE has money to burn!! Leslie Martinez you are completely missing the point!! We are in this pickle because of Governor Brown and all the bureaucrats in Sacramento (which by the way was a problem when his father was governor if you did your homework you would really understand what is going on). You and the government are using the excuse that we are living in a desert region. Yes we are however, I am a native Californian and probably have been here a lot longer than you have and have seen many a drought!! We haven’t built a reservoir in 40 years but Governor Brown wants to spend the money to build the high speed train to the Bay Area. Why do we need that??? We should use that money to build reservoirs and find other ways to prevent and help the water shortage situation. We are in this problem not only because of Mother Nature with the lack of rain but in large part because of poor planning and mismanaging the water supply. It’s all political!! I agree with Brave New World and AW!! We are already adhering to the state mandated water restrictions which we all should do because of unfortunately the pickle we are in. Why should we then have further restrictions now mandated by the City of Thousand Oaks. Because they want to win another Environmental award?? As residents of Thousand Oaks must we comply with TWO sets of rules that don’t necessarily match as Diane Graham stated. It doesn’t make any sense!!

  15. First we were mandated to cut our outdoor watering to 30 mins. a week (which was a 25% cut). Now you’re asking us to cut another 50% for a total of 75% less outdoor watering than a year ago. If Iwanted my yard to look like a desert, I would move to Arizona. The City should stop issuing building permits to new homes and condos which necessitate additional water that current residents need. Another 50% cut is not just being mindful and responsible, it’s intrusive.

  16. You say one day per week. My neighbor waters every day. We don’t see any water cops.
    My neighbor doesn’t believe in any law, water laws, parking on sidewalks, parking in front of driveways,
    wearing helmets on motorcycles-skate-boards-bicycles-3or4-wheel-carts, he sticks his nose up at you.
    What about the farmers watering during the day???

  17. Hi Jerry, we rely on the community to notify of us of violators. The process is anonymous. Here is the link to the three water purveyors within the City. Just contact your purveyor and they will follow-up. If you see an additional violation please report that as well. We do not have any agricultural land within the City so not sure what farmers you are referencing. Thanks for your help in saving our water!

  18. Hi Michael, While it certainly has been getting warmer and we are likely to set another heat record this year, November is starting off cooler and somewhat wetter and the days are shorter so the timing is about right. However, hand watering is allowed if you need to provide some extra water.

  19. You can hand water as needed.

  20. Hi Eric, for compliance we rely on the public to assist us. People typically are watering either early in the morning or in the evening so it is more effective for the public to report violations and water waste. CalAm is having to be more stringent since they have a higher conservation target and are trying to make their goals. Hand watering is allowed. Thanks

  21. Hi Jean,

    Actually, the different water purveyors within Ventura County have different sources depending on location. We also have different mandated levels of conservation. For the City of Thousand Oaks Water agency we are 100% reliant on State Water project water. However, we are working together on climate issues. Here is a link to a recently finished Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the county and each city. This was presented to the public at the Thousand Oaks library last month.

  22. Please report any water waste including by the city to us. Here is the link. Thanks

  23. City ordinances apply to all areas of the City so Cal Water (or Cal Am) must comply with our ordinance, but can choose to adopt more stringent rules. We meet monthly and talk several times a week to coordinate. If you are confused about a particular statement or rule seek clarification from your water purveyor.

  24. Hi Boots Mertens,

    I understand your concern about plants and trees in your garden, especially those that you have invested a lot of time and money to care for. Let me recommend you use drip irrigation instead of a sprinkler system. Drip irrigation systems are more efficient than sprinkler systems and use far less water. This is certainly an option to help your plants and trees grow. Here are some links to more information:

    I hope this information proves helpful to you.

  25. Hi Joyce Pierce and Michael McG,

    You are right that we need to take care of our trees, especially during this drought. There are definitely ways to help keep our trees alive and beautiful. Let me refer you to a recent blog post written by Vanessa Pellegrino on this subject:

    Here is another resource with information that can help:

    I hope this helps and let us do our part to keep the City of Thousand Oaks green and beautiful.

  26. It is easy to correct this government bull. Just elect the right people to these positions. We obviously have put numnuts into our state and local governments

  27. Does anybody care??? My neighbor waters every day. The farmers water noon to dinner. Is there any water cops, you know water police???

  28. Yes, you can report water waste anonymously to city staff. Please see this link for more information and hotline and/or email address to contact:

  29. The once a week conflicts with the recommendation at another Ventura county web site:

    We are getting conflicting info.

  30. Lee, the link you provided is not the city of Thousand Oaks website. The City of Thousand Oaks’ website has pages dedicated to water regulations and conservation. There is a city ordinance regarding current watering requirements. The information on our website is what you need to use and refer to:

  31. We have the brownest yard on the street for blocks and blocks. The earth beneath our concrete is drying, and the concrete and paving stones are all cracking. I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud!!! Everything is dying. Sadly we lost 10 – 40-year-old trees; our lawn is dead and roses dying. No flowers this season or last…. not enough leaves. Our pool water is like brine, no swimming in that! When are we going to start desalinization? We have that big ol’ ocean, and no one is planning to use it for anything except recreation? The ocean is full of energy and water; and we could use the salt, All this talk about ocean levels rising, why not take some of it out and use it? Why not capture the motion of the waves for energy? Create some new industry and lots of new jobs, NOT to mention enough water for-EVER!!! Who is in charge of the think-tank for California??? Get off the pot and get onto some progress. Much of California is a desert. To the POWERS THAT BE: Before California breaks off like a stale cracker and falls into the soup…DO SOMETHING!!! GEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZ

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