Pasadena’s spring/summer watering schedule is now in effect until October 31, requiring residents to limit outdoor watering to three days a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, according to the Pasadena Water and Power Dept.
PWP suggests watering before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to maximize the effectiveness of the hydration.
According to the United States Drought Monitor, Los Angeles County is in the midst of severe drought conditions after an anemic rainy season that has left the state water reservoirs only about half full.
The California Department of Water Resources characterizes the current year as “critically” dry.
On its website, PWP said ongoing conservation is essential.
In addition to the seasonal watering restrictions, the city also 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 during and within 48 hours after periods of significant rain
• No water flow or runoff: Watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas in a manner that causes or allows runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited
• No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind
These 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