City of Thousand Oaks Adopts Drought Action Plan to Conserve Water


Per the State of California issued mandates, Thousand Oaks must reduce water consumption citywide by an average of 32%. In response, the Thousand Oaks City Council has adopted a comprehensive Drought Action Plan and declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage with a series of water conservation measures which impact residents, businesses, City operations and other local agencies.

Community Measures:

  • Outside irrigation is now limited to 2 days a week for no more than 15 minutes per station per day
  • Outdoor irrigation prohibited between 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Watering is prohibited during or 48 hours after rainfall

City Measures:

  • Removal of over 916,000 square feet of turf in street medians
  • Removal of non-essential turf at all City facilities
  • Establishment of new watering systems to provide water to trees in the medians
  • Emptying of The Civic Arts Plaza fountain 

Enforcement of the new requirements will be focused on voluntary compliance through education, but fines of up to $500 per occurrence are possible for repeat offenders. A host of water conservation information, rebates and resources can be found at A water hotline is available to report water waste and to request a free in-home water conservation consultation at (805) 375-5747.