Published : Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 6:32 AM
Pasadena Water and Power started implementing the city’s Winter Watering Schedule last week on November 1, limiting outdoor watering to one day a week — only on Saturday — and only before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
The winter schedule, under Pasadena’s Level 1 Water Shortage Plan, will be enforced until March 31.
Under the plan, all property owners must also fix leaks, breaks, or other sprinkler system malfunctions on their property when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from PWP.
PWP says it will work closely with customers to provide helpful information and issue written warnings for first offenses. For further violations of the ordinance, customers will face fines ranging from $100 to $500, and those will double for non-residential customers with meters of 1.5 inch or larger. Flow restrictors may also be used to achieve compliance, PWP said.
Under the Pasadena Municipal Code, the city has permanent water waste prohibitions in place, which include no watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system. No watering should occur during and within 48 hours after periods of significant rain. No water flow or runoff should occur when watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures. Finally, there should be no excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters, or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind.
PWP said the restrictions do not apply to the exemptions outlined in the Pasadena Municipal Code, which include landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use low flow drip type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than 2 gallons of water per hour; watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle or device; watering for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system; maintenance of trees as necessary to sustain their health and viability; maintenance of vegetation, including fruit trees and shrubs, intended for consumption; maintenance of landscape for fire protection.
PWP’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/water-and-power, contains details about the permanent water waste restrictions and exemptions, fines and the adjudicating process for imposing those penalties.