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Two-Day A Week Watering Goes Into Effect April 1

Published on Monday, April 1, 2024 | 5:08 am
 

Pasadena remains under a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan despite recent atmospheric rivers dumping massive rainfall. That Plan calls for loosening the one-day-a-week watering restriction to two days a week on April 1.

The two days of the week allowed are based on street address numbering. 

“Specifically, even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays and Thursdays, while odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and Fridays,” Jennifer Guess Mayo,  PWP Customer Relations and Legislation Division Manager, said in an advisory. “All outdoor watering must take place before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. We are grateful for the recent rains, and the actions we all take today will help Pasadena to be more resilient in the future.”

The schedule implementation comes amid positive developments in the region’s water situation. 

Recent heavy rains, including those over the past weekend and throughout February, have significantly alleviated drought conditions that have plagued Pasadena and Los Angeles County for years.

As of March 31, Los Angeles County and many parts of California have witnessed substantial relief from drought conditions, attributed to a series of atmospheric river storms and heavy rainfall events that occurred during the winter season. These storms brought much-needed precipitation, replenishing water supplies and saturating the state’s hillsides with moisture. 

The recent rainfall has been so significant that it has even reduced water demand for weeks, and both rainfall and snowpack levels have improved considerably. 

According to data from the National Weather Service, the month of February saw nearly 13 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, marking it as one of the wettest Februarys on record. 

The state also saw a rapid reduction in drought coverage, dropping from 46.3 percent at the start of 2023 to just 19 percent by May 30, 2023. As of March 31, California’s snowpack and reservoir levels are above average, signaling a positive shift in the state’s water outlook.

Mayo said Pasadena residents are encouraged to stay informed about the Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan and continue practicing water conservation measures to ensure the sustainability of water resources for future generations.

“The actions we all take today will help Pasadena to be more resilient in the future,” she added. 

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