LADWP Reminder: Daylight Savings is an Opportunity for Water and Energy Savings
LOS ANGELES – With Daylight Savings Time beginning early this year – 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2009 – the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reminds customers to reset their lighting and sprinkler timers to coincide with the extended daylight in order to conserve energy and water.
“The change in time provides a reminder for all of us to review our energy and water routines at home and at work,” said LADWP Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Nahai. “Particularly now, in this time of statewide drought, we must be particularly vigilant about our water consumption and look for ways to conserve.”
It is important customers note the change in time and adjust their sprinkler timers. The City of Los Angeles currently restricts outdoor watering to times before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. In addition, the following water uses are illegal, and violators are subject to citation, in Los Angeles:
- Using water to wash any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas;
- Allowing runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering;
- Irrigating landscaping between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
- Permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired;
- Permitting watering during periods of rain;
- Watering outdoors for more than 15 minutes per watering station, 10 minutes for other irrigation systems;
- Allowing for the washing of a vehicle without using a hose with a self-closing, shut-off device;
- Serving water to customers in eating establishments unless requested;
- Using water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
The Department also asks customers to be energy conscious and reset their lighting timers to turn on only after daylight hours. To further conserve energy, highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs,) like the ones LADWP is currently giving to every customer through the CFL Distribution Program, should be installed where possible.
LADWP customers are urged to conserve now as we move into the warmer months, when demand for both energy and water increases. For tips on easy ways to conserve, and valuable information on the Department’s many water and energy conservation programs and incentives, please call 1-800-DIAL-DWP or visit www.ladwp.com.