West Hollywood is working to use less water and calling on residents and businesses to do the same due to the severity of drought conditions in California.
“Every region of the state is affected by scarce supplies of water, but in Los Angeles County, conditions are particularly severe—the region has recently experienced one of the lowest amounts of rainfall on record,” the city said in a press release. “The threat of a severe water shortage is a serious one in the City of West Hollywood, where daily existence depends largely upon water piped in from sources outside the region.
“The City has made adjustments to its irrigation controllers to reduce water consumption by as much as 50 percent. City parks, medians, and landscape areas are affected by these efforts and all are being monitored to ensure that the reduced watering cycles are not adversely affecting landscape. The City is also in the process of auditing all indoor fixtures and outdoor water use practices in its facilities, parks, and public spaces.”
The city names among its conservation efforts the use of sensor-operated restroom faucets, dual-flush toilets, water-free urinals, water brooms (used for pool decks and outdoor courts), and a centralized irrigation control system (used in city’s parks and landscape areas to monitor water usage and flow).
The city plans to crack down on enforcement of water-use restrictions and offers these conservation tips:
- Sweep, don’t hose; hosing water on sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas (except to alleviate immediate fire, sanitation or health hazards) is not allowed in WeHo
- Take shorter showers and use less water in baths
- Use water-efficient fixtures and appliances such as low-flow showerheads and high-efficiency toilets
- Check sprinklers and don’t overwater; water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler to reduce evaporation. Make sure sprinkler heads are functioning properly and ensure there are no leaks in irrigation systems. Switch to drip irrigation to reduce water use.