La Habra Heights


La Habra Heights is a city in Los Angeles County. The population was 5,325 at the 2010 census, down from 5,712 at the 2000 census. La Habra Heights is a rural canyon community located on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties. The zoning is 1-acre (4,000 m2) lots with a variety of home and ranch style properties. La Habra Heights features open space, no sidewalks, encouragement of animal husbandry. La Habra Heights has no commercial activity (stores, gas stations) with the exception of a small real estate office, a plant nursery, a private golf course, and numerous home-based businesses. Hacienda Park is the main park in the city and runs along Hacienda Boulevard.

La Habra Heights and most of the city of La Habra lie within the La Habra Rancho, a grant which Marina Roldan received from Mexico, October 22, 1839. He sold to Andres Pico, a brother of Pio Pico, Shaped like a wedge of pie, pointed south, La Habra Rancho was partly in Orange County. La Habra means a low pass in the mountains.

The Picos lost La Habra Rancho to Don Abel Sterns, who owned a whole collection of Ranchos, including La Habra, Los Coyotes, San Juan Colon de Santa Ana, Las Bolsas y Paredes, La Bolsa Chico, Jurupa, and La Sierra. He was a great cattle baron and was known as the richest man in California.

A great drought in 1861 ruined Sterns and the lands went to San Francisco capitalists. The new owners organized the Los Angeles – San Bernardino Lands Company and put Sterns Ranchos on the market at prices ranging from $2 to $10 per acre. Many of the purchasers were Basque sheep growers from the Pyrenees mountains. In 1900,  Mrs.Sansinena decided to sell 3500 acres to W. J. Hole. This 3500 acre was the area later to become the Heights, it was sold at about $15 per acre.


La Habra Heights County Water District was established in 1976 succeeding in La Habra Heights Mutual Water Company. The Mutual Company was formed in 1919. The District currently serves water to 1,983-meter connections covering 6 square miles of land. Approximately 5,560 people are served by the District’s water system. The District occupies approximately 3,904 acres which includes the vast majority of the City of La Habra Heights, small portions of the City of Whittier and unincorporated Los Angeles County in Southern California. Tap water comes from 2 sources: groundwater and surface water. We pump groundwater from local deep wells. We also use the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s surface water from both the Colorado River and the state water project in Northern California.


The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the layers of the ground it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal and human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and residential uses. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment
plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production or mining activities. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining and farming.

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gasoline stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application and septic systems.


Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised people, such as those with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have had organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly persons and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

The USEPA and the federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in California)- source: 2018 La Habra Heights consumer confidence report.

Complete plumbing recommends installing a Catalytic Carbon Whole house water filtration system by Aqualistic Water Products to remove most of the harmful chemicals in your city water, leaving you with bottled quality water at every faucet in your home.


Fix leaky faucets. For every leak stopped, you can save 20 gallons of water per day.

Develop a watering schedule for your irrigation system. To learn more, visit

Use native plants in your landscaping. Planting and maintaining beautiful California native and water-friendly plants can save between 1,000 and 1,800 gallons per month.

Install a high-efficiency toilet or clothes washer. A temporary rebate program is still available. Other rebates are also available for sprinklers and artificial turf. To learn more,

MWDSC has its own water conservation website. To find out more information on water-saving plants and other useful tips, visit 2016 La Habra consumer confidence report.

LA HABRA HEIGHTS RESIDENTS should make sure that their plumbing systems are in good working order and are leak-free. This is important, not only for saving money on your water bill and limiting damages to property, but it is our responsibility to provide clean fresh water for future generations.


            Water Leaks:

  • Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually due to household leaks. That’s equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • The average household can waste more than 10,000 gallons each year due to correctable leaks. That’s enough to wash 270 loads of laundry!
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day! Common sources include toilets, faucets, showerheads, and landscape irrigation. But you should also consider less obvious sources of leaks: water heaters, ice makers, dishwashers, and filtration systems. Many of these are easily correctable, and fixing them can save about 10 percent on the average water bill.
  • Be sure to check your toilet for leaks at least once a year. Put food coloring in the tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. And if your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
  • Remember, one drip a second adds up to five gallons lost per day!
    So regularly check your faucets and showerheads, as well as all hoses and connectors.
  • Many household leaks can be solved with simple tools and a little education — and fortunately, Do-It-Yourselfers have access to multiple resources. But even if you must pay for repairs, you will still save money in the long run. For more information on water conservation, visit
  • Complete plumbing provides leak detection of even the smallest amount of water which could prevent costly water bills and possible damage due to water leaks

Complete plumbing utilizes automatic water shut off valves that detect leaks, automatically shuts off the water to your home then sends you an alert via a smartphone app. You can turn the water on and off, monitor water usage and temperature right from your phone!


The City of La Habra Heights had to develop and implement a system-specific Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP), to demonstrate their intention to maintain existing systems. The City owns a sewer collection system consisting of 3 miles of gravity sewer lines, 700 feet of force main, and 1 pump station, and it serves 110 residences plus the Hacienda Golf Club. OE assessed the City’s system, documented risks of sewage overflows, and developed a maintenance plan for the City. The plan followed State requirements, providing appropriate methods to properly finance, design, construct, maintain, and replace the city sewer system. OE also developed a schedule of completion for presenting to the City Council to approve at a public meeting.

Some of La Habra Heights rainwater runoff drains into the Coyote Creek, which is a principal tributary of the San Gabriel River. The San Gabriel River empties into the Pacific Ocean in Seal Beach. Many residents are not aware that La Habra Heights has 2 drainage systems:

  • Sanitary Sewers: These drain the pipes connected to your sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, etc. They carry waste to a sewage treatment plant where the water is cleaned and then reused or discharged into the ocean away from beaches.
  • Storm Drain System: The storm drain system begins at the curb gutter in the street. The sole purpose of the storm drains is to quickly carry rainwater out to the ocean in order to prevent flooding. Storm drain water is not treated or filtered like the wastewater in the sanitary sewer system. As a result, any urban pollution entering the system is discharged directly to the ocean.
  • Wastewater treatment facilities are quite advanced but are not designed to remove or destroy pharmaceutical chemicals. The long-term health effects of these medicines on aquatic life and humans are still not certain, but we know that some risks exist. Some drugs, such as antibiotics, can help microorganisms to develop immunities making them more resistant to treatment. The best plan of action is to make sure no drugs go down the drain at all. Disposing of old medications and drugs is easy for La Habra Heights residents. In conjunction with National Prescription Take Back Day, the La Habra Heights Police Department conducts 2 events each year, 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall, where residents can turn in unused prescription medication.
  • Most La Habra Heights homes have just one main sewer pipe that connects the sewer system from their house to a private septic tank/leach field.
  • Complete Plumbing has the capability to use a sewer drain camera and location device to inspect sewer lines for breaks, cracks root intrusions. This simple examination of your sewer system may save thousands of dollars in repair costs.

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