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Switch that Sprinkler Schedule: New Water Conservation Ordinance Goes into Effect Today

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week signed an amended water ordinance for Los Angeles, meaning it now is in effect. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Customers who water lawns must now adhere to new rules.

Customers with a street address that end in an odd number - 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 - can use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Customers with a address that end in even numbers - 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 - can do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Those with addresses that ends with a fraction treat the address as a whole number. For example, 4553 ½ is treated as 4553, adhering to odd number days.

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The length in which customers run their sprinkler is also limited. Customers are allowed to run each water station for 8 minutes if they use the commong spray head sprinklers or bubblers, which are non-conserving models. Those who use rotors or multi-stream rotary heads are allowed 15 minutes per cycle and up to two cycles per day per watering station.

But do note that no matter what, watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. is strictly forbidden to anyone.

Other violations of the water conservation ordinance include hosing down driveways and sidewalks, serving water in a restaurant when it's not asked for and using hoses with a shut-off nozzle (but don't use them between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.), will remain in effect.

The revision to the ordinance comes in light of a report that concluded the last set of conservation efforts caused a series of water main breaks last year.