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    Pasadena City Council Adopts Level 2 Water Shortage Plan. Limit Watering to 2 Days Per Week on Tuesday & Saturday  

    The Pasadena City Council at its June 1, 2015 meeting declared a local water emergency, establishing a 28-percent conservation goal and implementing the City’s Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan, with mandatory water waste restrictions effective immediately. As part of the City’s Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan now in effect, Pasadena property owners will be limited to watering outdoors two days per week on Tuesday and Saturday, from April 1  to October 31, and only one day per week from November 1 to March 31. Additionally, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) reminds customers to adjust their sprinkler timers to water before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

    PWP customers can report water waste to the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 or through the online form. Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for residential customers and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts. View a complete list of water waste restrictions. Also, read about water-saving rebates and conservation tips.

    The City Council approved Pasadena’s existing Water Waste Prohibitions and Water Supply Shortage Plans Ordinance in 2009 and enacted the Level 1 plan on July 28, 2014. The key water waste prohibitions currently in effect for all PWP water customers include:

    • Outdoor watering two days per week, on Tuesday and Saturday, during the spring and summer months, April 1 through October 31. Property owners can water one day per week November 1 through March 31.
    • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a handheld container or hose with a shutoff nozzle.
    • No watering during periods of rain and 48 hours after rain
    • All water leaks must be fixed within 48 hours.
    • 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 with potable water unless for safety or sanitation.
    • No washing vehicles except by using a handheld bucket or similar container or hose equipped with a water shutoff nozzle.
    • No filling of ornamental lakes or ponds.
       

    State Water Board Adopts Emergency Water Regulations  

    As California is facing a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) Adopted Resolution No. 2014-0038 with proposed Emergency Regulations on July 15, 2014. These regulations require numerous statewide conservation measures and water waste prohibitions. Pasadena’s existing permanent water waste prohibitions (PMC 13.10.032) cover these requirements, except for the limitations on watering days.


    WATER WASTE PROHIBITIONS and WATER SHORTAGE SUPPLY PLANS ORDINANCE (PMC 13.10)

    The following is a summary of the key components in the Water Shortage Procedures Ordinance. Click here to read or print the unabridged ordinance.

    Under a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan, following instances of water waste are 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;
    • Outdoor watering is restricted to two days a week on Tuesday and Saturday in spring/summer (Apr 1-Oct 31); and restricted to one day a week in fall/winter (Nov 1 - Mar 31)
    • No watering during periods of rain after 48 hours after
    • 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 with potable water unless for safety or sanitation.
    • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions when they find them, or within 48 hours 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 patron's request;
    • Restaurants 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; and 
    • No installation of “single pass cooling systems” in buildings requesting new water service.
    • No filling of ornamental lakes or ponds.

    The city’s “Water Shortage Level” will tell you how many days per week you can water outdoors and other water use restrictions.

    In the event that a water shortage is declared by City Council, they will also declare which of four "Water Shortage Levels" exists. The Level will indicate which other water use restrictions will take effect in addition to the permanent water waste prohibitions listed above. 

    Water Shortage Level 

    1 

    2 

     3 

    4 

    Allowed
    # of watering days per week*
     

     Apr. 1-Oct. 31  

     ONLY 3 DAYS MAX -Tues, Thurs. & Sat. ONLY   

    Nov. 1-Mar. 31 

     CHOOSE ONLY 1 DAY - Either Tues., Thurs. OR Sat. 

    2 Summer 

    ONLY 2 DAYS MAX Tues. & Sat. ONLY

    1 Winter 

    CHOOSE ONLY 1 DAY Either Tues. OR Sat.

    1 Summer 

    1 Winter 

    No Irrigation 

    Obligation to fix leaks, breaks and malfunctions 

    72 hours 

    48 hours 

    36 hours 

    24 hours 

    Additional restrictions 

      

    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds

    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds 

    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds; no fillings pools or spas; no new potable water service 

     * PWP, at its sole discretion, may make exceptions to these restrictions for extenuating circumstances. See PMC Sections 13.10.040 to .050 in the Water Waste Prohibition ordinance. 

    Warnings and fines will be used to enforce the ordinance. 

    PWP will work closely with customers to provide helpful information and issue written warnings for first offenses. However, homeowners and small-business customers with meter sizes smaller than 1 ½” who continue to violate the ordinance will face fines of $100 - $500 for future violations. Fine amounts are double for customers with meters of 1 ½” or larger. Flow restrictors may also be used to achieve compliance. A customer does have the right to a hearing if a written request is received by PWP within ten (10) days of the date of notification. See PMC Sections 13.10.065 to .095 in the Water Waste Prohibition ordinance for details on fines. 

    Documents and Additional Information:

    Council Approves "Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan"(Agenda Report, April 13, 2009) 

    Conservation measures in addition to those specified in Water Shortage Plan 

    Water Tips and Rebates 

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