California drought: How L.A.’s watering restrictions work

Los Angeles residents are now aware of a plan to dramatically cut water use starting June 1.

The Ministry of Water and Electricity differs from other local agencies in several points that are struggling with unprecedented water restrictions due to drought.

The restrictions, ordered by the Metropolitan Water District in Southern California, target areas that rely heavily or completely on the State’s Water Project, a Northern California water supply that officials say is as low as up to dangerous levels after the start of the state’s driest year of the year.

The plan is designed to achieve a reduction in water consumption of at least 35%, which can be accomplished through volumetric allocation or limiting watering to one day a week.

Here’s what you need to know about the DWP plan, which applies to all 4 million residents in the city of Los Angeles’ service area:

What to expect

  • Residents will be assigned watering two days a week based on their address – Monday and Friday for odd addresses and Thursday and Sunday for even addresses.
  • Watering will be limited to eight minutes, or 15 minutes for sprinklers with water-saving nozzles.
  • Exceptions for drip and manual irrigation will still apply.
  • No watering is allowed between 9am and 4pm regardless of the watering date.
  • Those who do not comply with the new rules will receive a warning, followed by an escalating fine for each subsequent violation.
  • The DWP will also increase patrols to look for people who break the rules or waste water.
  • Officials are urging residents to use pool covers to reduce water loss from evaporation.

What is the goal?

  • The DWP has chosen not to revert to the one-day-a-week watering scale. Instead, it will focus on staying at or below the monthly volume allocation, officials said.
  • The rules will apply to everyone in the DWP coverage area – not just those who depend on the State Water Project’s supplies, which have been hit hard by the drought.
  • DWP officials said their clients consumed an average of about 112 gallons per person per day, less than half that of some other neighboring agencies. The combination of two-day-a-week watering throughout the service area, enhanced conservation efforts, and other local supplies means they can limit residents to about 105 gallons per person per day. days and remains within the MWD allocation.

Conservation help available to DWP customers

Here are some of the programs offered by the DWP:

  • $3 per square foot discount on grass replacement for up to 5,000 square feet per project for residential and commercial customers
  • $500 for a high-efficiency clothes washer
  • $250 for high efficiency toilet
  • $500 for extra low water and zero urinals
  • $6 for rotating sprinkler
  • Free kitchen and bathroom faucet aerator
  • Free High Efficiency Shower

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https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2022-05-11/california-drought-how-la-will-enact-severe-watering-restrictions California drought: How L.A.’s watering restrictions work

Edmund DeMarche

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