The Long Beach City Council has adopted an emergency water conservation ordinance that sets water-use quotas for households and businesses and fines for those who exceed them.
Under the ordinance, the city Water Department will impose rationing standards over a period of months. Starting March 1, $25 will be added to the bill of anyone caught hosing down a driveway, watering a lawn between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or failing to repair leaks.
Starting May 1, the department plans to set water quotas for household and business use. The allocations will depend on drought conditions.
Under the least severe rationing plan, single-family residences would be asked to restrict their water use to about 374 gallons a day, the average amount consumed by single-family households during the past year. Additional water use would be billed at 1 1/2 times the normal rate.