August 4, 2008
LADWP LAUNCHES WATER CONSERVATION “TIP OF THE WEEK”
By Cutting Water Use in Small But Significant Ways, Angelenos Become Part of the Solution
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water Power (LADWP) today launched its first water conservation “Tip of the Week” to remind ratepayers that cutting water use even by modest amounts can add up to tremendous savings in terms of both resources as well as money. The LADWP, which imports between 85-90% of its water annually, has seen its water supplies cut back drastically this year and must achieve water savings through conservation efforts.
Tip #1: Cut outdoor watering to three days a week. Up to 40% of the city’s potable water supplies are used on irrigating lawns and plants. By reducing the number of days, customers can realize great water savings and still maintain healthy plants.
Set your sprinklers for more days in between watering and cut a few minutes per day per station. This can save between 750 to 1,500 gallons a month. If possible, water with a hose as this is a great way to monitor how much water is needed rather than relying upon timers that have the potential to saturate lawns and flower beds.
Adjust sprinklers so that grass is getting watered and not running over onto sidewalks, driveways or into the gutter. Step on the grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need watering. Aerate (puncture) you lawn at least two times a year — fall and spring — so water can more easily soak in and doesn’t run off as easily. Re-set irrigation controls for shorter cycles as the weather cools.
As dry conditions continue and water resources become more limited, consider replacing existing water thirsty plants with a drought tolerant variety and sprinklers with a drip irrigation system that is particularly water efficient on individual plants (though not practical for lawns). Turn soil regularly and incorporate compost to improve its ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture. Consider covering exposed areas with a two to four-inch layer of mulch or bark.
To learn more about water conservation programs offered by the LADWP and the Metropolitan Water District, and for conservation tips for indoor and outdoor water savings, please visit www.bewaterwise.com or www.ladwp.com.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP serves about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.
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Jane Galbraith, Public Affairs