The City Council has decided in favor of voluntary rather than mandatory water conservation measures to reduce water use by 10%.
Because of lower than normal rainfall and snow-melt runoff, the Metropolitan Water District, which provides water for many cities including Beverly Hills, has encouraged water conservation.
Through a public information campaign of advertisements and water conservation kits, residents will be asked to:
Reduce personal water use by 10% of the amount used last year.
Limit irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Stop hosing sidewalks and driveways.
Stop serving water at restaurants unless requested by customers.
The city also will attempt to reach the 10% reduction by banning hosing of pavement and equipment at city facilities, reducing the hydrant-flushing program, prohibiting the use of automatic sprinklers at city parks and facilities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and reducing the use of water in street- and alley-sweeping operations.