Eagle Rock – With the region mired in an extended drought, outdoor watering in the City of Los Angeles will be limited to two days per week and on select days depending on the street address, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.
The two-day water ban, which will take effect June 1, is more liberal than a one-day limit already ordered by Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to agencies throughout the region, including the Los Angeles Water Department. and power.
“It’s actually less strict than other neighboring water districts, where they’re visiting just one day a week,” Garcetti said during a news conference at the Eagle Rock home, where the resident recently developed drought-friendly landscaping. was established. “Angelenos have done more. In the City of Los Angeles we’ve done more, so we don’t have to risk plants dying or going one day a week because of all the things that we’re collectively doing and done.” .
Under the conservation measures announced by Garcetti, outdoor watering will be limited to two days per week, down from the current three, at odd-numbered street addresses on Mondays and Fridays and at even-numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays. will be allowed.
Sprinkler watering will be limited to eight minutes per station. Sprinklers with water conservation nozzles will be limited to 15 minutes per station. All watering has to be done in the evening or early morning, outside watering is not allowed between 9 am to 4 pm
The city also urged residents with pools to use pool covers to reduce the risk of evaporation, and called on people to wash their vehicles only at commercial car wash facilities.
According to DWP general manager and chief engineer Marty Adams, the restrictions will be enforced by patrols, with a focus on the areas that use the most water. He said the department would redeploy staff to ensure coverage in all areas of the city, and the department may bring in additional personnel during the summer.
Adams said, “First we want to work with people and help them comply, and a lot of times, people just don’t know (about sanctions). They haven’t listened.”
Garcetti also said that enforcement of the water ban will begin with education for those who are violating the ordinance, but will increase with fines and tickets if necessary.
Adams said, “In the last drought… we only had one or two fines. So only one or two people from across the city didn’t comply.” He said the department’s staff “will be neighborhood-wide. You will see our employees around. ,
On June 1, many people in Southern California outside the city of Los Angeles will be restricted to drinking water one day per week, as announced by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on April 26.
The ban would apply to MWD’s member agencies that rely heavily on supplies from state water projects, but the agency called on all Southern California residents and businesses to reduce water use by 30% to cope with drought conditions. is “the opposite of what we’ve experienced before.”
MWD’s member water agencies that fail to enforce the requirement among their clients will face fines of up to $2,000 per acre in excess of the monthly allocation limit supplied by MWD.
In recent months, DWP has urged customers to take advantage of its discounts to make the water conservation transition less expensive. Residential customers can receive a $500 discount for the purchase of a high-efficiency clothes-washer and $250 off the purchase of a water-efficient toilet.
According to the DWP, more efficient appliances can reduce water use by more than 11,000 gallons per year. Exempt-eligible toilets use about 30% less water than standard models.
DWP business customers can get a $300 discount for low-flush toilets, which used to be a $250 discount. Multi-family, commercial and industrial building owners who install large-scale water conservation systems can also receive a $2 million incentive, which was increased from $250,000 earlier this year. Technical Assistance Program incentives are available for pre-approved cooling towers, recirculation systems, recycling microfiltration systems and other upgrades that reduce potable water use by at least 50,000 gallons over two years.
DWP also offers discounts for those who replace their lawns with sustainable and drought tolerant landscaping. Residential and commercial customers can get $3 per square foot of turf, and public agencies can get $4 per square foot for turf up to 200,000 square feet.