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Mayor Had Sprinkler Malfunction, So It’s All Good

sprinklers_250x251Matt Szabo, Senior Press Secretary to Mayor Villaraigosa, is on vacation. We know this, because he left us all a LoveYouBye note 10 days ago.

Enter one Sarah Hamilton. She’s no where near as venomous as Angry Matt. But at least she’s available to keep us up to date on Tony’s Tomfoolery.

And as the Mayor said yesterday, there was a sprinkler malfunction that has been corrected. Watering is back to 2 days/wk

Oh. Okay. In that case, I had a sprinkler malfunction, too. Can you refund me for the past 6 months? Thanks.

Reduce Your Water Use By June 1st or Pay Higher Rates to LA DWP

Dry creek bed in O'Melveny Park, Granada Hills by Jodi
Dry creek bed in O'Melveny Park, Granada Hills by Jodi 02/01/09

For the third consecutive year, California is experiencing a drought, which led to the Governor to declare a state of emergency on February 27th. The proclamation contains several directives for reducing water consumption. The deficient water supply is taking a devastating toll on our agriculture industry and increasing the risk of another significantly destructive wildfire season.

The city of Los Angeles already has a conservation ordinance in place, which includes such rules as no watering the lawn between 9am and 4pm and no automatic service of water to restaurant patrons. To comply with the new state government regulations, the L.A. DWP is implementing “shortage¬† year water rates,” beginning June 1, 2009.

DWP charges are based on allocations for the amount of water households and businesses use. Every customer’s allotment is being cut by 15%. If you conserve and stay with reduced limit, you might see a decrease in your bill. If you exceed the limit, a premium price is charged for the overage. The L.A. DWP offers more information on rates and¬† tips for saving water on their website.

Share in the comments any actions you are currently taking to save water. Aside from taking shorter showers, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to do a lot more to see a significant difference in my bill.