Long Beach to Enact Tight Water Restrictions

Irrigating lawns will only be allowed three days a week and water will only be served at restaurants upon request.

Long Beach residents will only be able to water their lawns on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Patch file photo.
Long Beach residents will only be able to water their lawns on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Patch file photo.

Water will only be served upon request in Long Beach restaurants and irrigating lawns will be restricted to three days a week under a water shortage declaration made today by the city's water commission.

Despite the call for stepped-up conservation, however, the president of the commission said the city was still in "good shape in terms of water supply" thanks to "prudent" planning.

"The action we take today is meant to be proactive and will ensure that we can continue to provide an adequate supply of water to Long Beach residents, even in the face of continued drought conditions," commission president Harry Saltzgaver said.

Under the "imminent water supply shortage" declaration, irrigating landscape with potable water will be restricted to Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The irrigation will be limited to 10 minutes per day if the owner is using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute. If a stream, rotator-type sprinkler or other gear-driven sprinkler heads are used, watering will be limited to 20 minutes per authorized day.

Restaurants will also be prohibited from serving water unless it is specifically requested by a customer.

The city already prohibits watering lawns with potable water between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and washing cars with hoses that do not have shut-off nozzles.

--City News Service

John B. Greet February 27, 2014 at 06:49 PM
What will the City be doing to better restrict its own municipal water use?
MarJane Norcliff February 27, 2014 at 08:30 PM
@Nancy--that's what I thought! I thought we were already limited to when we could irrigate.
Penny Arévalo February 27, 2014 at 08:34 PM
I double checked the press release (this is a wire story) and that's what it said. It gave a link to all the prohibitions. http://lbwater.org/water-use-prohibitions
Matthew Veeh February 28, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Just to clarify, the restriction on only watering three days per week has not been in effect since 2011. With the new declaration, this restriction has been reinstated. The restriction on only watering before 9 AM or after 4 PM has been in effect continuously since 2007.
Diana Roundlady February 28, 2014 at 01:48 PM
http://youtu.be/JEkEjiFnhYw Look Cute during a Drought! Every rop counts! Let's make a difference!


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