A little over a year ago, I blogged about the new restricted watering schedule for Los Angeles area landscapes.
The watering schedule has now been revised and I'm not surprised.
Last year's ordinance allowed residents to water their lawns on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 4PM and 8AM with heavy penalties for violators.
It looks like the extra water pressure from the "unreleased water" in the Los Angeles city pipes proved to be too taxing on the present system.
Pipes were bursting all over the city and the site of bubbling water escaping through cracks of black asphalt became a common site- at least to me!
So, the DWP (Department of Water and Power) had to go back to the drawing board and redraft an ordinance that would restrict water use without breaking more water pipes!
Here's what they came up with.
Residents are permitted to water for 10 minutes per day, three days a week. Houses with odd-numbered addresses must water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and those with even-numbered addresses must water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Get your calendars out!
The DWP has also reduced first-tier water usage levels by 15%, which means that a single-family residence can use 15% less water before automatically moving up to the more expensive second-tier usage levels.
Aha! We can water more often, but it's going to cost us!
Visit the DWP site for more information.
For more information on creating a beautiful "lawn-less landscapes" so you don't have to worry about watering too often, read my blog, Eden Makers!
I agree with Lightopia. Water is an environmental issue, and cities impose watering restrictions not for the fun of it, but to make lighten their environmental impact. We have a great sustainable yard and garden guide here: http://www.growandmake.com/guide-to-sustainable-yard-garden, with lots of good ideas for making your gardening pursuits more eco-friendly, including ideas on saving water.
I wish LA would develop more long term solutions to it's water problems. Like controlling population density as well as desalinization. Southern California is mostly desert and there is always going to be water shortages. Instead of waiting for things to get bad and imposing strict water restrictions it may be worth it to look into other alternatives.