Monday, June 15, 2009

Mandatory Water Conservation

Shortage Year Water Rates and Outdoor Watering Restrictions Began June 1.

Southern California is facing a water supply shortage for the third year in a row. 

In Los Angeles, You Cannot:
  • Water using sprinklers on any day other than Monday and Thursday;
  • Use water to wash any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas, unless flushing is needed to protect health and safety; 
  • Use water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system; 
  • Serve water to customers in eating establishments unless requested; 
  • Permit leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired; 
  • Allow for the washing of a vehicle without using a hose with a self-closing, shut-off device; 
  • Permit watering during periods of rain; 
  • Irrigate landscaping between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; 
  • Water outdoors for more than 15 minutes per watering station, 10 minutes for other irrigation systems; 
  • Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering; 
  • Install single-pass cooling systems in new buildings; 
  • Install non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry systems; 
  • Permit large landscape areas to water without rain sensors that shut off irrigation systems.
From the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power here.


  1. I love your misty garden shot.
    It's high time to start conserving - well done on posting the rules. I contribute by washing my car as little as possible :) - fortunately it's a darkish silver so dirt does not show too badly.

  2. Today, when fresh water levels in Southern California have dropped alarmingly, the need to conserve water has grown in importance. To address this issue has a very nice section on how to save water at home and work - . Hope these tips will be useful in reducing water consumption at home.


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Warm regards,
Lori Lynn