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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will require all of its customers to cut their outdoor watering from three days to two, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.
“If we want our children and grandchildren to be able to turn to the tap with confidence, we need to double down on the solutions that have made conservation a way of life in LA,” the mayor said in a statement.
Pending City Council approval, the new two-day watering plan would take effect June 1. Customers with addresses that end in odd numbers would be limited to watering Mondays and Fridays. Customers with addresses ending in even numbers would only be able to water on Thursdays and Sundays.
Existing restrictions already limit those who water with sprinklers to eight minutes per use — or 15 minutes for those using sprinklers that have water-conserving nozzles. Watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. is prohibited even on permitted watering days.
Starting next month, LADWP will increase its Water Conservation Response Units. Those are the teams the utility dispatches to the field to warn customers who violate the water use restrictions and cite those who repeatedly violate them.
LADWP is asking each LA resident to reduce per-person water use by seven gallons each day. The agency says that’s the equivalent of taking a four-minute shorter shower, or shutting off the faucet during two minutes of tooth brushing or five minutes of shaving.
“We believe we can manage our system to meet the limitations in water delivery by the Metropolitan Water District going to two-days-a-week watering, while giving customers recognition for the significant conservation efforts they have already made for over a decade,” LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin Adams said in a statement.
LADWP is reminding customers of several rebates it offers to become more water efficient. They include a $3 per square foot rebate for turf replacement, $500 for high-efficiency clothes washers, $250 for high-efficiency toilets, $500 for zero and ultra-low water urinals, $6 for rotating sprinklers nozzles and free bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and free high-efficiency showerheads.