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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2009

Water Waste Prohibitions are in Effect

 The Pasadena City Council recently amended the city’s Water Shortage Procedures Ordinance,  taking a much more aggressive approach to address our city’s water shortage.

Beginning this month, water waste will be permanently prohibited!

• No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system

• No watering during periods of rain

• No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind

• No washing down paved surfaces unless for safety or sanitation, in which case a bucket, a hose with a shut-off nozzle, a cleaning machine that recycles water or a low-volume/high-pressure water broom must be used

• All property owners must fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions when they find them, or within seven days of receiving a notice from PWP

• Fountains and water features must have a re-circulating water system

• Vehicles must be washed with a hand-held bucket and/or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle (does not apply to commercial car washes)

• Restaurants may not serve drinking water unless by request and must use water-saving dish wash spray valves

• No installation of non-recirculating water systems at new commercial car washes
and laundry systems. Effective July 1, 2010, all commercial car washes must have a
re-circulating water system or secure a city waiver

• Hotels and motels must give guests the option to decline daily bed linen and towel changes

• No installation of “single pass cooling systems” in buildings requesting new water service

From now on, the city’s Water Shortage Level will tell you how many days per week you can water outdoors, how soon leaks must be repaired and whether washing vehicles or filling pools, ponds, fountains and other water features will be allowed. Each of these prohibitions will vary depending on which of four Water Shortage Levels the city council declares.

The city council will conduct a public hearing Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. to determine which shortage level to declare. (Regardless of the level, the permanent water waste prohibitions listed above will remain in effect.)

PWP will work closely with customers to provide helpful information and issue written warnings if necessary. Homeowners and small-business customers who continue to violate the ordinance after they have received warnings will face fines of $100 to $500 for future violations. Fine amounts are double for commercial customers with 1½” meter connections or larger.

In the event the city council declares a water shortage, detailed notice about the amended Water Shortage Procedures Ordinance will be mailed to all customers. For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater or call the Water Shortage Hotline at 744-8888.