Spin on sprinklers

FROM the Water Education Foundation news service Aquafornia this Los Angeles Department of Water and Power press release: Water demand in the City of Los Angeles is at a 32-year low for the month of June as the result of conservation measures introduced last month. LADWP is pleased. We should be too.

Last week, the LADWP press office confirmed to this blog that since it introduced a cash-for-grass program on June 2, it has had 60 successful applications. I don’t know if LADWP is pleased. We shouldn’t be. In a city with more than half a million privately owned homes, this is the lamest number to be found outside of my bank account.

LA votes for lower low flow plumbing ordinance

Reporters tour a mens room in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Urinals once requiring 1.5 gallons per flush now require 1/8th of a gallon. Savings at the Convention Center's 190 urinals alone are estimated at 1 million gallons a year.

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti,  City Councilmember Jan Perry, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager David Nahai and representatives from the environmental and business community gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center this morning to introduce a water conservation ordinance capable of saving an estimated billion gallons of water over the next 20 years.

The ordinance, which was passed unanimously hours later by the City Council, will set yet lower low flow plumbing standards for toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads and dishwashers in new buildings and retrofits of existing properties.

Individual families installing the latest toilet models should expect savings of $90 per year.

Mandatory Conservation Begins in Los Angeles

Water conservation becomes mandatory in Los Angeles today. New rules:


YES: Water your lawn for 15 minutes per station or sprinkler, or 10 minutes for other types of irrigation systems

YES: Water on Monday and Thursday

NO: Water between 9 am and 4pm

NO: Water Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday

NO: Allow runoff into the street


NO: Use water on hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and parking lots

NO: Leave a leak unfixed

NO: Washing a car with a hose without a shut-off nozzle on the hoze…

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