LADWP Encourages Customers to Step up their Water Conservation this Summer
Dry winter causes record low water supplies for the coming year
|LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to conserve water as Los Angeles gears up for another hot summer following a dry winter – the second in a row. Water supplies from the Northern and Eastern Sierras were reported at record lows due to below normal rainfall and snowpack. As such, for 2013-2014, the Department is projecting the lowest ever water deliveries from the L.A. Aqueduct and the highest ever purchase of imported water on record.
“Our customers’ water conservation efforts are critical to helping us manage this year’s extremely low water supplies,” said James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager of the LADWP Water System. “We have had a dry winter, low snowpack in the Sierras and decreased supply from the State Water Project—a perfect storm without water. L.A. residents, by experience, are the best in the country at conserving water so we’re asking them to keep up the good work and do more, wherever possible this summer.” LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols notes, “More conservation will reduce our imported water purchases and save our customers money–it can make a serious difference.”
One way to help reduce water use is by following with the City’s Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance that limits outdoor watering to three days a week. Watering days are determined by the street address: all customers with odd-numbered street addresses—ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; customers with even-numbered addresses—ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8, may run the sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Watering is prohibited between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Since up to 40% of all water use in Los Angeles occurs outdoors, LADWP offers customers the opportunity to be part of the water efficiency solution by taking advantage of the California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program. Through the program, residential customers can take advantage of a generous $2 per square foot rebate to replace traditional healthy grass with California Friendly® landscaping; commercial customers can receive $1 per square foot. The Department encourages customers to cash in their grass and replace it with beautiful California Friendly plants, succulents, groundcover and decomposed granite that require less water and also save property owners money and time for maintenance.
To improve indoor water efficiency, customers who have not yet taken advantage of rebates are encouraged to get cash back for high efficiency appliances and toilets. LADWP is also giving away free items like low flow shower heads and faucet aerators at regional customer service bill pay centers.
To learn more about water conservation in Los Angeles, visit www.LADWP.com/WC, or see the new video public service announcement (PSA) released by LADWP this week. Available in English and Spanish, the PSA is at http://www.youtube.com/ladwp1 and will be airing on television in the Los Angeles market this summer.