California is entering its third consecutive year of a major drought. In response to this, Los Angeles Department Of Water & Power (LADWP) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have announced this week that outdoor watering in the city will be restricted to two days a week. This is one day less than the current limit of three days.
“It’s actually less strict than what other neighboring water districts are moving towards, where they’re going to just one day a week.” Garcetti said during a news conference this past Tuesday, “Angelenos have done more. In the city of Los Angeles, we’ve done more, so we don’t have to see a risk of plants dying or going to one day a week because of all the things we are doing collectively and have done.”
Angelenos have always stepped up when asked to conserve water, but there’s more we can do to secure L.A.'s water future.
This is why we are taking immediate steps to save water – starting on June 1, 2022, we are reducing lawn watering days.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) May 10, 2022
How The Restriction Works:
- Homeowners will be assigned watering days based on their address.
- Odd-numbered addresses will water on Mondays and Friday.
- Even-numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Watering must be done in the evening or early morning, and no watering is permitted outdoors between 9A.M to 4P.M.
These limits begin on June 1, 2022. People who don’t follow these regulations will be given a warning, followed by fines if frequent disregard occurs. For more information, visit the LADWP site.
For other ways to conserve water, the city is urging the usage of pool covers to decrease evaporation, and washing vehicles at car wash businesses or drive-throughs. For those who are curious about their water footprint and ways to lower it, a non-profit has created a calculator tool to provide that information here.