New Lawn Watering Rules for Los Angeles Start Today

Beginning today, in the City of Los Angeles, you are now only allowed to use your sprinklers to water your yard on Mondays and Thursdays, before 9am or after 4pm.  This new attempt, Phase III, to conserve water was announced by Mayor Villaraigosa earlier this spring.  The plan is to reduce household usage on the Tier I level by 15%. If your water bill has moved up to Tier II, you will see an increase fee on your utility bill.

Earlier announcements on water conservation prohibited watering on rainy days, watering between the hours of 9am and 4pm and hosing down sidewalks. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any enforcement of what was called Phase I. Local homeowners and shopkeepers I spoke to violating the rules were not aware of them.  Both the City and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power expect other citizens to alert them of ongoing water abuse.

Whether your water usage is reported or not, the goal is to reduce water usage in the home. There are penalties involved if your water usage does not fall below a certain level. You can find out more by read LADWP FAQ on water usage (PDF). 

For more information about these rules, visit the LADWP website. To learn more about water conservation, there is the Be Water Wise site.  And to report water waste, you can call the LADWP at (800) DIAL-DWP or email at [email protected].

6 Replies to “New Lawn Watering Rules for Los Angeles Start Today”

  1. Lets see if the city actually responds when I bust my a-hole neighbour whose sprinklers water his driveway every night for an hour.

  2. My neighbor’s sprinklers run from 5am to 7am. Switching between the front and back yards at 15 min. intervals. The front yard sprinklers water my yard, driveway and the sidewalk. 2 years ago, I spoke to my neighbor about the waste. He said that’s how the sprinklers were when he bought the place. :) Last summer, when the Phase I rules went into effect, I called LADWP and the woman laughed saying they didn’t have the time/manpower to enforce it. Last Tuesday, I watched the guy around the corner water the parkway from behind his fence as he sat in the middle of he yard, smoking. Actually he was shooting the jacaranda leaves and dates off the grass into the gutter. LADWP has 2 trucks sitting across the street. In the 35 min. I sat there and watched this guy “clean” his parkway, the LADWP guys didn’t say a single thing to him. So, it looks like there needs to be education on all fronts.

  3. I like the way they expect neighbors to turn in neighbors. Nice. (Dripping sarcasm).

    All that aside the DWP will get you at bill time and it pays to conserve to avoid the bill increase at Tier II. I am so glad I am not DWP.

  4. @Julia Frey: Because on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday’s you are allowed to go to the bathroom and on Saturday you can take a shower/bath. On Sunday, you may drink the water.

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