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Pasadena Declares Water Emergency, Strict Conservation Measures In Effect

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(FOX 11 / CNS) The Pasadena City Council tonight declared a local water emergency, establishing a 20-percent conservation goal and implementing the city’s Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan, with mandatory water waste restrictions effective immediately.

The Level 1 plan limits watering to three days per week in summer, one day per week in winter and requires that leaks be repaired within 72 hours, in addition to permanent water waste prohibitions.

Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts.

Pasadena Water and Power customers can report water waste by calling (626) 744-8888 at any time or report online via the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at cityofpasadena.net/csc.

"Pasadena already has restrictions in place and our customers have made exemplary efforts to conserve,” Pasadena Water and Power Chief Deputy General Manager Eric Klinkner said.

"However, Pasadena's water use has increased over the last few years due to a lack of rain and the improving economy. Tonight's City Council vote reiterates the significance of the drought and is a call to action for all of our customers to step up their efforts to conserve our precious water supplies.''

The City Council approved Pasadena's Water Waste Prohibitions and Water Supply Shortage Plans Ordinance in 2009. The key conservation measures in effect for all Pasadena Water and Power water customers include:

Limiting outdoor watering to three days per week -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- during the summer months;

Banning watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle;

Banning watering during periods of rain;

Requiring all water leaks to be fixed within 72 hours;

Banning excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind;

Banning washing down paved surfaces unless for safety or sanitation, in which case a bucket, a hose with a shut-off nozzle, a cleaning machine that recycles water or a low-volume/high-pressure water broom must be used; and

Prohibiting washing vehicles except by using a hand-held bucket or similar container or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle.

A complete list of water waste restrictions is available at PWPweb.com/WaterWaste.



From Gigi Graciette:

It's official!

The City of Pasadena has declared a local water emergency because of the drought, with new and mandatory water waste restrictions now in effect for both businesses and residences.

With a 20-percent conservation goal, Pasadena's "Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan" places limits on everything from watering your lawn to when restaurants can serve a customer a glass of water.

For example, during the sumer outdoor watering can only be done three days per week and on specific days - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

And your sprinklers better not be running during the day. There is no watering allowed outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle.

As for restaurants serving you a glass of water, they're only allowed to do so if you request one. It can no longer be automatic.

Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for businesses.

And in other news, in addition to facing a monetary fine, water wasters across the state may find themselves the object of ridicule on social media as many people are taking to Twitter and Facebook to expose them with the hash tag of the moment:

#DroughtShaming

They're also telling on their neighbors and businesses by sending incriminating pictures - think watering your sidewalk instead of the lawn - to agencies like the DWP, which says they're compiling all those reports and checking them out.

So far, city and state officials say they don't endorse public shaming but do encourage people to report water waste to the appropriate agency.

For a complete list of water waste restrictions in Pasadena, visit: PWPweb.com/WaterWaste

 

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