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How You Water Your Lawn Might Soon Change: City Council to Consider New Water Conservation Ordinance Today

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Which days Angelenos water their lawns may soon be determined by their street address. In a proposal to be considered by the Los Angeles City Council today, officials may change the water conservation ordinance to give the system more daily use, which will not increase total usage.

The move comes after a study concluded that a series of water main breaks last year -- one flooding an area of Studio City and another that sucked a fire truck into the ground -- were caused by a twice-a-week watering restriction that began last Summer.

Currently, lawns may only be watered on Mondays and Thursdays. Today's proposal seeks to spread water use out, in order not to create pressure in the system. If approved, residents at even numbered addressees would water on Tuesdays and Fridays and at odd numbered addresses on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Other rules will remain the same, including watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any day, hardscaping (that's watering the sidewalk or other hard surfaces) and watering for more than 15 minutes per watering station. It will also still be illegal for restaurants to serve water unless patrons request it.

Previously: Board of Water & Power Commissioners approve new watering rules.