City Council Declares Mandatory Water Conservation With 3-day A Week Watering
GLENDALE, California – The Glendale City Council Tuesday night enacted Phase II of the City’s water conservation ordinance declaring mandatory water conservation. Residents in Glendale are now restricted to watering their landscapes three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for 10 minutes at each watering station.
"Southern California is facing a water supply shortage for the third year in a row, and there are no signs of it getting better. This is a serious shortage and we would encourage residents and business owners to step up to the plate and do their part to conserve," stated Glenn Steiger, Glendale Water & Power General Manger.
The Glendale City Council in July adopted the new water conservation ordinance which includes 14 updated water use restrictions that are in effect at all times. The Phase II restrictions that were approved Tuesday nigh include:
- Mandates residents to water their landscapes only three days a week on the designated days: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for 10 minutes at each watering station.
- Prohibiting using potable water to fill lakes or ponds
- Prohibits using potable water to clean, fill or maintain exterior decorative fountains
- Deters all new or retrofit landscaping and turf planting using potable water (California-friendly plantings and prior approved plans are exempt).
- Deters all new or retrofit landscaping and turf planting on City property using potable water (California-friendly plantings and prior approved plans are exempt).
With ongoing water shortage looming over California many local cities have declared mandatory conservation, urging residents to change their water use habits. Glendale has stepped up its water conservation outreach, launching a large campaign targeting each customer group, presentations at community meetings, distribution of educational brochures, posters and mirror stickers to help spread the message to family, friends and employees.
"Our goal is to inform and educate our customers," says Steiger. "And, in that regard, we’re going to be very reasonable with our enforcement efforts."
Below are some helpful tips provided by Glendale Water & Power to help customers conserve:
- Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving = Saves 6 gallons per day.
- Take 5 minute showers – Save 20 - 40 gallons.
- Use low-flow showerheads and cut showers by two minutes – Saves 15 gallons per shower. Free through our Smart Home Energy & Water Survey Program. (818) 265-5062
- Fix leaky faucets – Saves 20 gallons per day.
- Catch the flow of your tap water while you wait for the water to get hot – Saves 200-300 gallons a month.
- Water landscapes only three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for 10 minutes at each watering station.
- Do not hose down sidewalks and driveways use a broom instead – Saves 150 gallons.
More tips can be found on GWP’s Web site at: www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com. For questions on artificial turf, contact the City’s planning department at (818) 548-3200.
Glendale Water & Power has also established a water waster hotline that customers can call to report water waste (818) 550-4426 or report it anonymously on www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com