Drought May Prompt WeHo to Cut Lawn Watering Days by 25%

Lawn Watering
West Hollywood lawns may get a bit browner as the city considers whether to reduce by 25 percent the number of days residents can water their lawns and gardens.

Currently residents can water as many as four days a week, with those whose addresses end in odd numbers permitted to water on odd-numbered days and those whose addresses end in even numbers allowed to water on even-numbered days. All watering must be done between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.

But the city’s Department of Public Works, noting that California is suffering the worst drought in memory, has suggested reducing the number of days to a maximum of three a week. That’s the policy followed by Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which actually supply water to various parts of West Hollywood.

The public works department is asking the City Council on Monday to order citizens to follow the watering rules of the agencies that provide their water. In the case of those neighborhoods on WeHo’s Westside served by Beverly Hills, residents who live north of Santa Monica Boulevard could water between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Residents who live south of Santa Monica Boulevard could water during the same hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Those whose water is provided by the LADWP and whose street addresses end in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 can water between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those whose street addresses end in even numbers can water during the same hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.


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Lynn
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Lynn

@Cy Husain: Excellent comments!

Lynn
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Lynn
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Way to go Cy, good comments! Now I hope they take you seriously before it’s too late!

Cy Husain
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If you think this is bad, droughts in the near future ale going to be a whole lot worse! The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s unprecedented drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases. Causes of California drought are clearly linked to anthropogenic climate change! Greenhouse gas emissions are not only continuing but, increasing. If you just have to have plants, take out your lawn and plant succulents. It might be a good idea to grow some of your own food… Read more »

Rudolf Martin
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Rudolf Martin

I agree with the comments above but let’s address the elephant in the room: as with leaf blowers, what good are any of these restrictions, if not enforced?

I see active sprinklers (that mostly water the sidewalk and parked cars) all over my neighborhood every day of the week at all hours. All those who care about conserving water are already doing it but the majority is happily sprinkling away.

Unless there is aggressive enforcement (maybe with a warning ticket for the first time) the people who still waste water will not take this seriously.

SaveWeho
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SaveWeho

I think Weho can reduce its use more. Most all of LA, Bev Hills and even in the valley like Burbank are on a more restrictive schedule. This above seems needlessly complicated. Watering should be M, W, Friday for even number homes. T, Thur, Sat for Odd number homes. Watering should be between 6pm to 7am during your allotted time. And sprinklers shouldn’t run for longer than 15 minutes. No hosing of driveways or patios and no car washing whatsoever. This is pretty simple to follow and saves a lot. But moreso..we need to keep track of businesses, the city… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

The city should lead by example There should be no lawn in the center medians The sprinkler system in the medians designed and maintained ( ? ) by professionals is always over spraying and watering into the street. They should be required to fix this on their dime. The center medians were all way over planted and should be thinned at the architects and contractors expense. I can easily prove this. Pick any plant name planted in the median look up its potential growth in the sunset garden bible and ask why were 2-3 side by side planted ? Who… Read more »

Jerome Cleary
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Jerome Cleary

Why doesn’t the City of West Hollywood help homeowners and apartment building owners replace their grass and foilage with stones, rock gardens and drought resistant plants as soon as possible?