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How Cities Are Saving Water

July 04, 1991

Here is a city-by-city look at drought-related measures taken by water suppliers serving the Westside. Only mandatory measures are listed. Failure to comply with the measures could result in penalties ranging from fines to the interruption of water service. For more detailed information, contact the agency or company listed on your water bill.

* Santa Monica recently issued its 10,000th $100 rebate check to a homeowner for replacing her toilet and shower heads with low-flow fixtures as part of the city's aggressive water conservation program.

* West Hollywood is considering adopting an ordinance similar to one in Santa Monica that requires developers to retrofit plumbing fixtures in public facilities such as schools and parks in order to offset the additional water use of new projects.

Cutbacks in Water Use

Max. Daily Use (in Gallons) City Cutback Ordered Base Period for Exemption Beverly Hills 20% reduction 1989 none took effect April 2 Culver City 20% reduction 1990 300 took effect May 1 Los Angeles 15% reduction 1986 212 took effect May 1 Santa Monica 20% reduction 1990 221 took effect April 1 West Hollywood 20% reduction 1986 none took effect March 11 Malibu* 20% reduction 1989 none took effect June 10

* Malibu incorporated as a city on March 28, 1991, but will continue to follow water conservation measures imposed by the county.

Other Mandatory Measures

Beverly Hills No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No lawn watering during most day hours Watering of lawn only on every other day Water in restaurants served only by request Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

Culver City No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No car washing with free-flowing hose No lawn watering during most day hours Watering of lawn only on every other day Water in restaurants served only by request Ban on non-recycling decorative fountains Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

Los Angeles No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No car washing with free-flowing hose No lawn watering during most day hours Water in restaurants served only by request Ban on non-recycling decorative fountains Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

Malibu No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No car washing with free-flowing hose No lawn watering during most day hours Water in restaurants served only by request Ban on non-recycling decorative fountains Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

Santa Monica No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No car washing with free-flowing hose No lawn watering during most day hours (In Santa Monica, watering of lawns is limited to twice a week) Water in restaurants served only by request Ban on non-recycling decorative fountains Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

W. Hollywood No hosing off driveways, walkways and patios No water runoff in streets or gutters No car washing with free-flowing hose No lawn watering during most day hours Watering of lawn only on every other day Water in restaurants served only by request Ban on non-recycling decorative fountains Repair all leaks Low-flow showers and toilets in new construction

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