WHITTIER — City Council members have unanimously passed a water conservation ordinance that they hope will cut local water use by about 10%.
The new law makes it illegal to hose down surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways or to allow gutters to flood repeatedly or water pipes to leak.
Restaurants may serve water only on request under the ordinance, and landscaping and lawns can be watered only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Violators have 24 hours to correct a problem after receiving written notice. Then the city can send another notice, install water-saving devices or disconnect water service. Repeated offenses carry a fine of up to $300 and a jail term of up to 30 days.