As drought conditions continue to affect communities across the state, California American Water announced the implementation of two-days-per-week-outdoor watering for its Los Angeles County District customers that include the Baldwin Hills, Duarte, and San Marino water systems.
This action follows The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s declaration of a Water Shortage Emergency for State Water Project dependent areas that requires water utilities and their customers to immediately cut water use by June 1, 2022.
California American Water, in accordance with the water shortage emergency, the Governor’s emergency drought declaration and California Public Utilities Commission’s Rule 14.1, calls upon its Los Angeles County customers to restrict all non-essential water use. The CPUC authorizes water utilities to implement mandatory conservation measures when the utility determines that water supplies may be insufficient to meet customer demands.
Due to the significant statewide drought conditions severely reducing water supplies to Southern
California, California American Water is calling on all consumers to immediately reduce their water use and follow the below watering schedule.
- Limit outdoor water use to Two-Days-A-Week
- Odd Address (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday and Saturday
- Even Address (Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0): Thursday and Sunday
- No watering on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
- To avoid evaporation, we recommend customers water outdoors before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
- Watering is limited to a total of 15 minutes per station per allowed day
- Low-flow irrigation systems (Including drip irrigation and micro spray) that emits less than two gallons per hour are exempt from day of week and time limitation except for irrigation of turf
- Turf grass irrigation (irrigation timer or garden hose) only permissible on allowed watering day
“California American Water recognizes the severity of the drought and its effect on our local water supply. Imposing these restrictions is unprecedented but necessary. We are committed to educating our customers on the importance of conservation and ways they can reduce their water usage,” said Jessica Taylor, Southern California director of operations. “California American Water joins the Governor, regional water suppliers and other local agencies in asking customers to immediately limit their outdoor water use and help protect the state’s supplies and our local environment in the face of the extreme drought conditions.”
California American Water continues its initiatives in improving environmental sustainability
and conservation by encouraging all consumers to take immediate common-sense steps to reduce water use in their homes and businesses. Additionally, California American Water will implement a district wide drought communications plan to support the water use reductions and urge all its customers to meet the water use reduction measures.
To learn more about the emergency conservation measures, free conservation programs and services or read CPUC Rule 14.1, customers can visit California American Water’s website at www.californiaamwater.com. Customers can also call their local Conservation Hotline at (626) 614-2536 to sign up for a free Water Smart Home Survey or receive more information about conservation services, devices, and rebates.
About California American Water: California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more than 725,000 people. Information regarding California American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website www.californiaamwater.com.
About American Water: With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Brian A. Barreto
External Affairs, Southern California