On Tuesday the Los Angles City Council supported an alteration of the city’s water conservation plan. Currently the water conservation plan allows Los Angeles residents to water their gardens and lawns only twice a week. The restrictions limit residents to use their sprinklers or water their gardens and lawns for fifteen minutes twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. The new water conservation modification will allow residents to use their sprinklers or water their gardens and laws for eight minutes three times a week with the same time constraint before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
According to Councilman Greig Smith, “The twice-a-week restrictions are turning people’s lawns brown.” In actuality the water conservation plan revisal will reduce water usage each week from 30 minutes to 24 minutes. After the City Council decided to promote the three-day a week water conservation plan they sent the proposed changes to the Department of Water and Power Board.
The Department of Water and Power’s senior assistant general manager, James McDaniel believes the City of Los Angeles’s water conservation plan has been extremely successful. According to James McDaniel in less than a year the water conservation program has managed to preserve 35 billion gallons of water. Since residents fear citations, ranging from $100 to $300, Los Angeles residents today consume less water than they did 31 years ago.
For more information on the water conservation plan, please access http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/homepage.jsp and for information on how to receive rebates by conserving water and electricity, please check out http://www.wrd.org/conservation/water-conservation.php.