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Do You Water Your Lawn? New Rules Approved by LADWP Board

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Water conservation restrictions that dictate when property owners can water their lawns may change again, thanks to a ruling by the Board of Water & Power Commissioners today. 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.

If today's decision is approved by the L.A. City Council next week, odd-numbered street addresses would only be able to water lawns on Mondays and Thursdays while even-numbered street addresses would be only able to on Tuesdays and Fridays. The new days should address pressure fluctuations, hoping to decrease breaks, according to a staff report (.pdf).

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.

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It will also still be illegal for restaurants to serve water unless patrons request it.