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Residents of Southern California banned from watering plants more than twice a week: violators face huge fines

Beginning June 1, Southern California residents are required to limit the amount of water they use to irrigate their yards. Such a requirement is spelled out in the new rules introduced in connection with the drought, reports KTLA.

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The Capital Water District first declared a water shortage emergency in April. It has taken unprecedented action to restrict outdoor watering for millions of residents in dozens of cities and towns in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.

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Affected communities are those that depend on water from Northern California through the State Water Project and have little or no access to water from the Colorado River or local resources.

Rules for residents of Los Angeles

For LADWP customers in Los Angeles, residents can only water their yards two days a week starting June 1st.

“We can’t afford green lawns,” MWD CEO Adel Hagehalil said last month when she announced the new rules.

Outdoor irrigation restrictions affect customers of the Los Angeles Water and Power Department, Calleguas Municipal Water District, Las Virgenes Municipal Water Agency, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, and Upper Valley San Gabriel Municipal Water District.

Customers with mailing addresses ending in odd numbers can only water on Mondays and Fridays, while customers with even mailing addresses are allowed to water on Thursdays and Sundays.

Any outdoor watering is prohibited from 9 am to 16 pm.

Sprinkler watering is limited to one cycle of up to 8 minutes per watering day for typical, non-conservation home sprinkler systems, or two 15-minute cycles per watering day for conservation sprinkler systems.

However, manual watering with a self-closing stopper on the hose is allowed any day of the week before 9:00 am or after 16:00 pm.

City officials are demanding, among other things, that all leaks be repaired in a timely manner to prevent runoff into streets, driveways, and gutters.

Residents should not water sidewalks, footpaths, driveways or parking spaces, LADWP officials said.

The LADWP said it would patrol the streets of Los Angeles to "inform residents of weekday watering restrictions and enforce this ordinance."

For more information on LADWP watering restrictions see here.

What happens if you don't follow the rules

LADWP says customers are given "a warning in the form of water-saving tips and printed educational materials to increase customer awareness" for the first violation.

But subsequent violations, according to the LADWP, are fraught with fines ranging from $200 to $1200.

Officials said no one would receive monetary fines without prior warning.

Which areas of Southern California are subject to watering restrictions?

All or part of the cities and towns listed below are dependent on water from the State Water Project and will be subject to the outdoor irrigation restrictions of the Capital Water District:

  • Agura Hills
  • Arcadia
  • Avocado Heights
  • Azusa
  • Baldwin Park
  • Basset
  • Bradbury
  • Calabasas
  • Camarillo
  • Canoga Park
  • Chatsworth
  • Chino
  • Chino Hills
  • CityofIndustry
  • Claremont
  • Covina
  • Culver City
  • Duarte
  • El Monte
  • Encino
  • Fontana
  • Granada hills
  • hacienda heights
  • irwindale
  • La Puente
  • La Verne
  • Los Angeles
  • Mission Hills
  • Monrovia
  • Montclair
  • moorpark
  • Newbury Park
  • North Hills
  • North Hollywood
  • North Whittier
  • Northridge
  • Newbury Park
  • Ontario
  • Oxnard
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Pacoima
  • Panorama City
  • Playa del Rey
  • playa vista
  • Point Mugu NAWC
  • Port Hueneme
  • CBC base at Port Hueneme
  • Porter Ranch
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Mignonette
  • Rialto
  • rosemead
  • San Gabriel
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Simi Valley
  • Somis
  • South El Monte
  • South Pasadena
  • Sai Glass Hill
  • Studio City
  • sun valley
  • Sunland
  • Sylmar
  • Tarzan
  • Temple City
  • Southand Oaks
  • Tujunga
  • Universal City
  • Upland
  • Valinda
  • Valley Village
  • Van Nuys
  • Venice
  • West Covina
  • West Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • Westlake Village
  • Whittier
  • Vinnetka
  • woodland hills

Different water providers will have different watering schedules and customer restrictions.

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For example, in Glendale, residents have already been banned from watering their lawns more than twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, for no more than 10 minutes. The restrictions have been in effect since February.

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