Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Additional Water Conservation Efforts to be Considered by the City Council

In response to the severe drought, the State of California has adopted an emergency regulation requiring local agencies to restrict water use. The City of Arcadia already has a Water Conservation Plan in place.   On August 5 the City Council will consider the implementation of Phase I Mandatory Prohibitions included in the Plan, which meet the requirements of the State.  These prohibitions are unique to Arcadia and will complement the current voluntary conservation methods residents are already practicing.  Phase I includes the following prohibitions:
  • No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless such water is part of a recycling system
  • No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered or irrigated between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm
  • No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered in a wasteful manner
  • No Arcadia water customer shall permit water to leak from any facilities on his premises
  • No restaurant, hotel, cafĂ©, cafeteria, or other public place where food is served or offered for sale shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested by the customer

Aside from the Phase I prohibitions that will be considered on August 5, residents are asked to continue to use water efficiently and to conserve whenever possible.  Below are some tips to help reduce the amount of water your household uses:

  • Limit car washing
  • Limit landscape watering to the minimum necessary for plants to survive
  • Reuse household water when possible
  • Eliminate continuous running of water while shaving or rinsing dishes
  • Limit flushing of toilets by multiple usage
  • Limit showers to four minutes when possible
  • Check plumbing, faucets, and toilets for leaks and repair immediately
  • Wash full loads in clothes washers and dishwashers
  • Use flow restriction and other water-saving devices where possible
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler
  • Turn off the water when shampooing your hair or brushing your teeth 
  • Cover your pool and heat it sparingly 
  • Sweep or mop your driveway and sidewalks; do not hose down your sidewalk
    If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Public Works Services Department at 256-6554.

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