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].