Even since a state of drought has been reported in California, the LADWP has adopted several water conserving ordinances that can help preserve the precious potable water. Namely 80% of the water supplies in the state are imported which is why we all need to respect the water restrictions when watering.
While it is true that it rained in Los Angeles earlier this year, these regulations are still necessary because rain in Los Angeles is not a real factor in terms of our city’s water supply since most of our water—88% last year—is imported from external sources. Additionally, as Governor Jerry Brown puts it, ““This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner. Conservation must remain a way of life.” As such, water supply shortages are a continuous threat across California and much of the West.
Days Allowed to Water with Sprinklers:
Outdoor watering with sprinklers is restricted to three days a week with different watering days assigned to odd-numbered and even-numbered street addresses.
- Customers with odd-numbered street addresses – ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Customers with even-numbered street addresses – ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
- Addresses ending in fractions are treated as the last whole number in the address and observe the same day restrictions as others on their same side of the street (i.e.: 4321 ½ is regarded as 4321, an odd-numbered address).
How Long are the Sprinklers Allowed to Run?
Watering with sprinklers is limited to one cycle of up to 8 minutes per station per watering day for non-conserving nozzle sprinkler systems (typical residential system), or two 15-minute cycles per watering day for conserving nozzle sprinkler systems.
Watering by Hand:
Watering by hand is allowed any day of the week, before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. The Water Conservation Ordinance requires that you use a self-closing water shut-off nozzle on your hose when watering outdoors.
Other Water Restrictions:
- No outdoor watering during rain and 48 hours after.
- No runoff onto streets, driveways, and gutters from excessive watering.
- Hand watering with a self-closing shut-off nozzle on the hose is permitted any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
- No watering of any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas.
- No allowing leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired.
- No washing vehicles without using a hose with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle.
- Water is to be served to customers in restaurants only when specifically requested.
- Decorative fountains can be cleaned, filled, or maintained only when the water is part of a recirculating system.
- No installing single-pass cooling systems in new buildings.
- No installing non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry systems.
- No allowing large landscape areas to be watered without rain sensors that shut off irrigation systems.
First Offenses are given a “warning” in the form of water conservation tips and printed educational material in order to raise customer awareness. Subsequent violations may result in fines that range from $100 to $600. No monetary citation is given without prior warning.
Is the “Mandatory Water Conservation” Successful so Far?
Records show that since June 2009 when the City enacted the Ordinance and launched Mandatory Water Conservation, LADWP customers have reduced their water use by 18%. The amount of water saved in Los Angeles—more than 141 billion gallons—is enough to serve the cities of Burbank, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Glendale, and Anaheim combined for two years. These are great results that show the importance of water conservation.
The Board of Supervisors and the Districts recognize the importance of continued water conservation and are committed to achieving the goal of a 20 percent water use reduction by 2020.
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