Pasadena Water and Power Water Restrictions Kick In Today

Published : Friday, November 8, 2019 | 6:24 AM

Pasadena’s Fall/Winter watering schedule is back on Friday, November 1, when outdoor watering is restricted to only one day a week – Saturday – and must be done before 9 a.m and after 6 p.m.

This schedule is in effect up to March 31, 2020, according to a Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) announcement.

The Fall/Winter watering schedule follows a Spring/Summer schedule that started on April 1 and ended October 31, and is part of an annual water savings cycle that PWP implements among its customers to ensure an ongoing water conservation program.

“When customers do their part to conserve, it reduces our dependency on imported water to meet our increased demand,” PWP said in their announcement. “These saving have enabled for our wholesale agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to have placed records amounts of water into storage. This year, Pasadena and its Raymond Basin partners successfully stored 1000 acre feet in our local groundwater basin.”

Up to March 31, 2020, outdoor watering by PWP customers is allowed only on Saturdays 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.

Aside from the Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer watering schedules, PWP also implements permanent Water Waste control measures or prohibitions: outdoors watering is banned during and within 48 hours after periods of significant rain; no water runoff, or water flowing onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, and parking lots or structures when watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas; and no excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind.

Throughout the year, PWP reminds all property owners to fix water leaks, breaks, or sprinkler system malfunctions when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from the City.

PWP said they will work closely with customers to provide helpful information and issue written warnings for first offenses. However, customers who continue to violate the ordinance will face fines for future violations. Fine amounts range from $100 to $500 and are double for non-residential customers with meters of 1.5 inch or larger.

The utility also said they are currently developing its Water System Master Plan (WSRP) which will serve as a long term plan to determine where to focus on capital improvements.

To receive public input for the WSRP, PWP is holding two community meetings, one on Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. at Robinson Park Recreation Center, and another on Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m. at Victory Park Recreation Center, Room 3.

All customers are advised to attend these meetings and share their thoughts about the master plan.

To learn more about the WSRP and the upcoming community input meetings, visit www.pwpweb.com/WSRP.

For more water conservation tips and advisories, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/water-and-power/savewater/.

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