LCF Purchases Recycled Water to Care for Trees in Drought

In April, the Governor issued an executive order calling for reductions in potable water use across the state. To accomplish reductions, irrigation of ornamental turf with potable water in city medians is no longer permitted. The City of La Cañada Flintridge took immediate action to comply with drought regulations and has turned off all irrigation to city medians.

Under the current regulation, irrigation to medians is permitted if a city uses recycled (or non-potable) water. The city does not have recycled water infrastructure but sought an opportunity to purchase recycled water to safeguard the health of trees and vegetation in local street medians. By entering into an agreement with the City of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge has secured much needed recycled water for irrigation of the city medians.

The city contracted to have the recycled water hauled in via water truck to water all medians along Foothill Boulevard, Angeles Crest and at the island at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Lynhaven Lane three times per week until the end of May.

Watering landscape with recycled water is permissible and encouraged under the Governor’s executive order. Recycled water is wastewater that is treated to tertiary levels and used to irrigate landscape albeit it is not drinkable. By purchasing this water, not only were medians in La Cañada Flintridge kept alive and tree health preserved, but 7,000 gallons of recycled wastewater was also put to good use.

For more information, contact Public Works Director Edward Hitti at (818) 790-8882 or visit the city website at