Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2009

Water Shortage Declared

Ongoing concerns about Pasadena’s dwindling water supply prompted the city council to declare a Level 1 water shortage in July. Outdoor watering is now restricted to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Apr. 1 and Oct. 31 and to just Saturdays between Nov. 1 and March 31; malfunctions and leaks in sprinkler and plumbing systems must be repaired within 72 hours of notice. If supply conditions worsen, the city council could declare a higher level shortage -- up to Level 4.

The Level 1 restrictions are in addition to the city’s permanent water waste prohibitions that took effect in July. These include no outdoor watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no watering when it’s raining, no excessive water runoff from sprinklers, and no hosing down driveways and pavement.

The city’s Water Shortage Procedures Ordinance is enforced with written warnings and, if problems persist, fines of $100 to $1,000 for each additional infraction. Details about the ordinance and its prohibitions, including a few exceptions and exemptions, can be found by calling the Water Shortage Hotline at 744-8888 or at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater