Current Water Restrictions

L.A. Water Use Restrictions

LADWP customers cannot:

• Use water to wash any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas, unless flushing is needed to protect health and safety

woman drinking from fountain

• Use water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculating system

• Serve water to customers in eating establishments unless requested

• Permit leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired

• Allow for the washing of a vehicle without using a hose with a self-closing,
shut-off device

• Permit watering during periods of rain

• Irrigate landscaping between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Water outdoors for more than 15 minutes per watering station, 10 minutes for other irrigation systems

• Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering

• Install single-pass cooling systems in new buildings

• Install non-recirculating systems in new car wash and commercial laundry

• Permit large landscape areas to water without rain sensors that shut off
irrigation systems

You should:

• Inform hotels and motel guests of the option to reuse towels;

• Allow for exemptions for using gray water.

Looking Forward

It appears likely that water rationing measures will be put in place that take a carrot and stick approach.

First there will be a baseline conservation rate, say of 10 or 20% (it has still not been decided).  Customers will have to cut their average water use by that amount or pay more. Average use is based the size of a home and an average amount used by those with similar sized houses.  If you use less than the targeted amount, in other words below the average by an amount equal to the target, you  will pay the lowest rate for your water. If you exceed the conservation target will pay anywhere from a third to more than double the lowest base rater for all the “extra” water you use.

The above restrictions about using water in and outside of your home, in restaurants and in hotels will also be revised.

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