New Rules Go Into Effect June 1st; Customers are Urged to Adjust their Sprinklers Now
LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2022) – The Los Angeles City Council voted today to concur with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP’s) recommendation to move to Phase 3 of the City’s emergency water conservation ordinance, limiting outdoor watering to two days per week. The new watering limits take effect June 1, 2022. Customers with street addresses ending in odd-numbers may water on Mondays and Fridays, and customers with even-numbered street addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
“Angelenos care deeply about sustainability and are eager to do their part as we confront the climate crisis and severe drought,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and LA River Committee. “Today’s vote by the City Council sends a crystal clear message that we are serious about water conservation and ready for action. There is no time to waste.”
The new restrictions expand existing restrictions that have been in effect throughout the City, including prohibiting watering between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, and limiting outdoor watering with sprinklers to eight minutes per station on permitted watering days. Watering with sprinklers using water- conserving nozzles are permitted for up to 15 minutes twice a day, on the permitted watering day.
“Angelenos have led on water conservation for decades and made it a part of their daily life,” said Board of Water and Power Commissioners President, Cynthia McClain-Hill. “With two-days-a-week watering, we’re asking Angelenos to step up once again and make that adjustment on their sprinkler system by June 1. We just can’t afford to waste another drop.”
LADWP’s Water Conservation Response Unit (Water CRU), formed in 2014, will continue to patrol the streets of Los Angeles to educate Angelenos on the days of the week watering restrictions and to enforce the ordinance. Members of the public can report water waste to the Water CRU by visiting ladwp.com/waterwaste and filling out a form online.
LADWP is also urging customers to act now to take advantage of the many water- and money-saving rebates and programs available to both residential and commercial customers.
“We want our customers to dig deeper and save water wherever possible, to help get us through the summer without having to further restrict outdoor watering. We want every customer to take stock of their water use, inside and outside their homes and take advantage of incentives like our $3-a-square-foot rebate for turf replacement, or our high-efficiency showerhead and faucet aerator giveaways, to maximize water conservation and save on their water bills,” “said Martin Adams, LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer.
Residential customers can find a comprehensive list of rebates and programs at www.ladwp.com/save. Commercial customers can visit www.ladwp.com/cwr for rebates and programs including the popular Technical Assistance Program, or TAP, which offers incentives to commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-family residential customers in Los Angeles up to $2 million for the installation of pre-approved equipment and product that demonstrate water savings.
Some of LADWP’s water conservation rebates and programs include:
- Free showerheads and faucet aerators
- $3 per square foot rebate for turf replacement for up to 5,000 square feet per project for residential and commercial customers
- $500 for high-efficiency clothes washers
- $250 for high-efficiency toilets
- $500 for zero and ultra-low water urinals
- Varying rebates for rotating sprinkler nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers and soil moisture sensor systems
- Free, hands-on DIY landscaping workshops
- And up to $2 million through the Technical Assistance Program for commercial customers
Additional Online Resources:
LADWP Residential Rebates: www.ladwp.com/save
LADWP Commercial Rebates: www.ladwp.com/cwr
Know your watering days: www.ladwp.com/wateringdays
To report water waste: www.ladwp.com/waterwaste
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