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