New water restrictions for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers, including limiting lawn watering to two days a week, were announced Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti helped make the announcement alongside LADWP officials at a morning press conference.
“We’re moving forward a phase and reducing the number of days you can water your lawn from three to two days a week,” Garcetti said. “It’s actually less strict than what other nearby water districts are heading to, where they only go one day a week.”
Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, which provides water to about 40% of the state’s population, declared a water shortage emergency last month and called on millions of people to reduce the watering their garden one day a week.
Garcetti says the Angelenos don’t need to cut as severely because of past water conservation efforts.
“The Angelenos have done more…so we don’t have to see a risk of plants dying or going one day a week because of all the things that we do collectively,” Garcetti said.
In fact, according to Garcetti, Angelenos use slightly less water today than they did more than 30 years ago.
Civic addresses in odd numbers will be limited to watering on Mondays and Fridays, while those ending in even numbers will be able to water on Thursdays and Sundays.
Watering times will be capped at just eight minutes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Those who don’t comply with the new rules will initially receive a warning but could see escalating fines for continued violations, LADWP chief executive and chief engineer Martin Adams told The Times.
The plan was designed to achieve a reduction of at least 35% in water consumption, hoping to reduce usage to around 80 gallons per person per day.
Garcetti encouraged residents to wash vehicles at commercial car washes to conserve water in their residences and to use pool covers to reduce evaporation.
The mayor also urged Angelenos to install drought-resistant gardens and lawns to take advantage of water conservation rebates.
The LADWP is one of six local agencies in the drought-stricken state jostling to propose new restrictions, which are set to be implemented on June 1.
Other local agencies include the Municipal Water District of Calleguas, the Inner Empire Utilities Agency, the Municipal Water District of Las Virgenes, the Municipal Water District of the Three Valleys, and the Municipal Water District of the Upper San Gabriel Valley.
The MWD of Las Virgenes, which serves about 75,000 people, has already informed its customers that they will have to limit their water consumption to 80 gallons per day.
Customers who do not comply will initially be warned but may eventually have restrictors installed on their homes that will reduce water flow to a trickle.
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