La Cañada to Reconvene Water Committee

Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD or District) board President Richard Atwater briefed the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on current water supply conditions and opportunities to address the ongoing drought.

“In light of worsening drought conditions and uncertainty with the upcoming wet season, reconvening the city’s Water Committee is a prudent action,” said Atwater.

The committee was first established by the city in 2009 and included representatives of the five local water utilities, city staff, city council representatives, environmental advocates, as well as representatives from some of the largest consumers of local water from within the community, including the La Cañada Unified School District and Descanso Gardens.

An emphasis of the committee included expanding public education regarding the region’s water supply and evaluation of the community’s current and future water needs.

The decision by the city council to reconvene the Water Committee follows an action taken by the California Office of Administrative Law on July 28 approving emergency regulations that mandate statewide water conservation measures.

As a result, the following prohibitions apply to all Californians:

•The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk

•Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.

•Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

•Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

“FMWD is fully committed to answering the governor’s call,” said Atwater.  “The support of the City of La Cañada Flintridge and revitalization of its Water Committee are appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the State’s mandated water conservation measures.”

For more information about the City’s Water Committee, contact the City of La Cañada Flintridge at (818) 790-8880. For more information on water use restrictions contact your local water agency.

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