Under new water conservation requirements in Glendale, residents are limited to watering outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and for no more than 10 minutes at each watering station, Glendale Water and Power announced Wednesday.
The Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to approve the second phase of the city’s mandatory water conservation ordinance. Residents will have a drought charge of 30 cents per hundred cubic feet, which is about 40 cents for 1,000 gallons of water. Those who reduce their water will either have the same bills as normal or lower bills.
Households that don’t comply with the ordinance will receive a warning notice, but repeated violations may result in a fine of up to $1,000.
“This is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to secure their own water future. The community has done a great job being a part of the solution. I have no doubt that they will continue to be even more efficient when using this precious resource in the future,” said Michael de Ghetto, chief assistant general manager of water for the utility.
GWP recommended that people improve water conservation by:
— using a hose nozzle while washing cars;
— not hosing down driveways or walkways, but instead using a broom;
— repairing leaks, replacing damaged sprinkler heads, and adjusting sprinklers to avoid over-spray;
— setting lawn mower blade heights at 2 or 3 inches, as longer grass blades reduce evaporation and shade the roots;
— using mulch under trees and plants to help retain moisture; and
— watering early in the mornings or late at night.
Glendale Water and Power also noted that the mandatory water conservation ordinance will support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency declaration requesting voluntary water conservation across California.