Long Beach Water Reminds Residents and Businesses to Turn Off Sprinklers During Rainfall

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With Long Beach expecting to receive over an inch of rainfall this week, Long Beach Water is reminding residents and businesses to turn off their sprinklers and let the rainfall irrigate their landscape for them. Long Beach Water will remind residents to turn their sprinklers back on when the soil dries on its Facebook and Twitter channels.

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage two weeks ago that put into effect a two-day per week landscape watering schedule on Mondays and Thursdays until the end of March 2015 when grass is typically dormant.

“We are happy for the mild rainfall relief we are receiving this week, but that doesn’t mean the drought is over,” said Harry Saltzgaver, President of the Board of Water Commissioners. “Residents and businesses still need to take necessary actions to conserve as much water as possible to ensure a reliable water supply next year, including turning those sprinklers off.”

“Winter is the easiest and most crucial time for residents and businesses to conserve water this year,” said Kevin Wattier, General Manager of the Long Beach Water Department. “Shutting off sprinklers during our wet months (November-March) will provide the much needed conservation to get us through this drought.”

The City of Long Beach convened with water experts last week at the Aquarium of the Pacific to propose solutions to this extreme drought for southern California. Mayor Robert Garcia also launched a social media campaign using the citywide hashtag #SaveWaterLB to promote water conservation acts throughout the community.

Water restrictions in effect:

  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape on Mondays and Thursdays until March 31st, 2015
  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape 10 minutes per station per watering day, or 20 minutes if using water-efficient rotating nozzles
  • Residents and businesses can only irrigate landscape before 9am or after 4pm
  • Residents cannot fill swimming pools and spas with potable water
  • Restaurants cannot serve water to customers without the customer requesting it
  • Residents and businesses cannot irrigate the landscape beyond saturation, causing significant runoff
  • Residents and businesses cannot hose down hardscape with a hose, unless using a pressurized cleaning device
  • Residents cannot wash a vehicle with a hose unless it has a water shut-off nozzle or device attached to the hose
  • Residents and businesses cannot allow the wasting of water due to breaks, leaks or other malfunctions in the plumbing or distribution system
  • Hotels and motels must post signs to notify patrons they can choose not to have linens and towels washed daily

Long Beach Water is an urban, Southern California retail water supply agency, and the standard in water conservation and environmental stewardship.

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