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Drought 2014

Due to severely dry conditions, Governor Brown has declared a drought emergency for California requesting all residents to reduce water usage by at least 20 percent. On July 15, 2014, the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) adopted new water conservation regulations for all of California with restrictions on certain outdoor use of potable water.


What are the new Statewide Water Restrictions?
  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that caused runoff such that water flows into adjacent property of street, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways or driveways, parking lots, or structures
  2. Washing a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  3. Watering driveways and sidewalks
  4. Operating a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system

The regulations also require all water retailers to implement outdoor watering restrictions in their service areas. To comply with these regulations, the Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts have restricted outdoor water use to three days per week during the summer and two days per week during the winter.

Outdoor Watering Schedule
Summer 3 days/week
Winter 2 days/week

On July 22, 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of these regulations effective August 1st. For the latest information from the State on drought regulations, please visit SWRCB's Emergency Water Conservation website.

How You Can Help Meet the 20% Reduction:

  1. Inspect Your Irrigation System
    Check for broken and clogged sprinkler heads and replace them right away. Adjust nozzles to water plants, not the sidewalk or driveway.
  2. Install Water-saving Devices
    LACWD offers rebates for water-saving devices, including smart irrigation controllers, high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles, and high-efficiency clothes washers.
  3. Unlawn Your Lawn
    Beautify your garden and make it more water-efficient by replacing your grass with water-efficient landscaping through the Cash for Grass Rebate Program.
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