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New 3-Day Water Rationing Scheduled Approved by LADWP

A lawn sprinkler shoots out a straight jet of water over a mostly green, but partially brown and yellow grassy area. It is daytime.
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Under new rules approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners today, Angelenos could be soon allowed to water three days a week instead of the two currently allowed. According to the plan, LADWP customers with odd numbered address would be allowed to water lawns on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Depending on the type of nozzle used on a sprinkler -- non-conserving vs. conserving -- residents will be able to water eight to 15 minutes a day.

Last month, the board recommended a similar watering schedule that allowed for two days of watering, but it was rejected by the L.A. City Council, who must approve today's proposal.

After a series of water main breaks last year, a study concluded that the water rationing ordinance still in effect today -- it says watering can only happen on Mondays and Thursdays -- built pressure in the system, causing pipes to burst.

The current and proposed water ordinances both state that watering the lawn cannot take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.