This article was originally published in the Glendale News-Press on Aug. 14
Glendale became the first city in Southern California this week to enhance mandatory water-use restrictions for residential customers, a decision made in anticipation of a substantial reduction in available water next year. The City Council voted unanimously to make the policy change, which now limits outdoor watering of gardens and lawns to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for no more than 10 minutes. By implementing what is called Phase II of the city’s Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance, the city aims for a 20% reduction of potable water use. Residents also will be assessed the Phase II drought charge of 30 cents per hundred cubic feet of water — translating to about 40 cents per 1,000 gallons — but residents with reduced water usage are unlikely to see their bills change, the city said; in fact, bills could go down in some cases.
It’s been raining, it’s been pouring, so the old way of watering is OK again, right?
“No,” said Lisa Novick, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s director of outreach and a passionate conservation advocate. “No, no, no.”
Water use in the local service area last month was down 16% compared with usage levels during July 2013 and 2014, but usage rose by 25% compared with last June, when mandatory conservation requirements were in place and local water suppliers were tasked with cutting back by as much as 36%. Continue reading “Local Water Conservation Slows”
California’s drought is not over, but because it’s considered less severe than it was a year ago, the State Water Resources Control Board was compelled last week to adopt a different approach to encourage water conservation among the state’s residents. Continue reading “LCF Urged Not to Get Complacent on Water Use”
The Foothill Municipal Water District reported that its customers used 29% less water overall last month than they did in April 2013, the benchmark year used by the state to determine water conservation tallies.
In La Cañada Flintridge, Valley Water Co. notched a 26% reduction, missing its state-mandated 34% mark. Mesa Crest Water District customers saved 30%, exceeding their goal of 25%. Continue reading “Water Conservation Efforts Continue”