Residents Reminded Seasonal Changes to Long Beach Watering Schedule Begin This Week

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As fall begins, so does the seasonal Long Beach watering schedule. Residents and businesses are now only allowed to water landscapes on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am or after 4pm. The seasonal change in watering days accounts for the cooler temperatures ahead, which means grass and plants need less water. The two-day per week watering schedule will continue through the end of March 2017, as a part of the Stage 1 Water Shortage restrictions.

“Long-term sustainability is our way of life in Long Beach,” said Art Levine, President of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “Remember to adjust your irrigation controllers to the two-day per week schedule as we welcome a new season and more water savings.”

Here are some additional water saving tips for fall:

  • Summer swimming is coming to an end, so make sure to cover pools and spas in the winter as required under the current LBWD rules.
  • Rain is a sprinkler, so turn yours off during the wet months or upgrade to a weather based irrigation controller. And the State prohibits watering during or within 48 hours after measurable rain.
  • Remind holiday visitors to help conserve water by taking one-song showers.
  • Wear bulky, winter clothing more than once before washing, and save on both water and electricity.
  • Toilet leaks can waste over 10,000 gallons/year! Check for a toilet leak by putting food coloring in the toilet tank, wait 15 minutes without flushing, and see if any color leaks into the bowl. Rebates for high-efficiency toilets are available at
  • The best time to plant your water-wise landscape is in the fall. The Lawn-to-Garden incentive has increased to 1,500 square feet, and a new drip irrigation incentive has been added to the program. For more information and to apply go to

For more tips go to and take the pledge to make water efficiency a part of your lifestyle.

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