LOS ANGELES (August 08, 2022) – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced today that customers have continued to heed the call to conserve water during this historic drought. LADWP customers achieved an 11% reduction in July, that’s a record for any July on record for Los Angeles. July’s conservation surpasses the 9% reduction for the previous month, which also marked the lowest water use for any June on record in Los Angeles. LADWP implemented two-days-a-week watering restrictions on June 1, as part of the city’s phase 3 outdoor watering restrictions.
“I want to thank each and every one of our customers, from renters to homeowners to small and large businesses alike. It’s because of their continued efforts that we are seeing these record numbers in water conservation,” said Martin Adams, LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer. “It’s clear that our customers have made conservation a way of life and are doing things like taking shorter showers, watering only on designated days of the week, and taking advantage of our water conservation rebates to save water and save money. But our job is not done. We are now entering one of the hottest months of the summer season and ask that our customers continue to save every drop.”
On June 1st, LADWP implemented Phase 3 of the city’s Water Conservation Plan Ordinance for both residential and commercial customers. Phase 3 reduced outdoor watering from three days a week to two days a week, for eight minutes per station per watering day. Customers with street addresses ending in odd-numbers may water on Mondays and Fridays and customers with even-numbered street addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. The new restrictions also included two recommended practices: the use of pool covers to prevent evaporation, and the washing of vehicles at commercial car wash facilities. Hand watering is allowed every day before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. if the hose is equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device.
The article also mentions several LADWP programs aimed at reducing water usage, including rebates for free showerheads and faucet aerators, high-efficiency clothes washers, and free high-efficiency commercial toilets.
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