The Glendale City Council declared Phase III of Glendale Water & Power’s (GWP) Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance and water use restrictions effective April 28. Phase III of the Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance limits outside watering to two days a week: Tuesday and Saturday for 10 minutes at each watering station.
California is facing its fourth year of exceptional drought and, as a result, for the first time in history, Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown Jr. has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities across California to reduce potable water usage by February 2016.
Glendale residents’ conservation efforts since the declaration of Phase II conservation measures in July 29, 2014 have resulted in an estimated 12% reduction in water usage.
“Though we greatly appreciate all the conservation efforts our customers made in 2014, we want to stress that more conservation is needed in order to meet our 20% goal. We want our residents to really focus on water reductions outside the home and continue to be diligent in their water use inside their homes,” stated Steve Zurn, general manager of GWP.
In addition to meeting the State Water Board’s mandatory regulations, the Metropolitan Water Agency (MWD), from where Glendale purchases about 70% of its water, recently declared a Level 3 water allocation plan to limit deliveries of water to its member agencies. This is about a 15% reduction in wholesale water use that affects GWP starting July 1, 2015. With the state’s restrictions and the limited deliveries of water from MWD, Glendale needs to conserve in order to avoid fines of up to $10,000 daily from the state for not meeting its 20% goal, and to avoid paying higher fees to MWD for purchasing water over the allocation.
In an effort to encourage conservation, while at the same time avoiding overly burdening customers with additionally stringent drought charges, the Glendale City Council has acted to delay the additional Phase III drought charge for a period of six months. During this six month delay of the Phase III drought charges, the already in effect Phase II drought charge will continue to apply at a rate of $.75 per hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water used. Customers who do not comply with Phase III of the Water Conservation Ordinance will receive a violation warning notice. Repeat violations can result in a fine up to $1,000.
Customers can anonymously report water waste by calling GWP’s water waster hotline at (818) 550-4426 or submit an online form at www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com. For tips and water conservation information visit the following sites:
http://saveourh2o.org/, www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com www.Bewaterwise.com.
Some helpful tips to save water include:
• Do not hose down driveways or walkways, use a broom instead.
• Repair leaks, replace damaged sprinkler heads, and adjust sprinklers to avoid over-spray.
• Set lawn mower blade height at two or three inches. Longer grass will reduce evaporation and shade the roots.
• Use mulch under trees and plant to help retain moisture.
• Take five minute showers.
• Change to a drip irrgation landscape watering system wherever possible.
• Adjust sprinklers so they are watering the landscape and not the sidewalks and driveways.