DROUGHT - EMERGENCY WATER CONSERVATION INFORMATION

On May 12, 2015, the City Council adopted a resolution approving a water conservation declaration to a "Drought Response Level 1". 

Drought response level 1 conservation measures consist of the following:

  1. Limit residential and commercial landscape irrigation to no more than three (3) days per week from June 1 to October 31 and no more than once per week from November 1 to May 31.

  2. Limit lawn watering and landscape irrigation using sprinklers to no more than ten (10) minutes per watering station per day. This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including but not limited to: weather based controllers, drip/micro-irrigation systems and stream rotor sprinklers that meet a seventy (70) percent or greater efficiency standard.

  3. Repair all leaks within seventy-two (72) hours of notification by the City unless other arrangements are approved in writing by the City's Public Works, Water Division.

A Drought Response Level 1 is necessary to protect the public welfare and safety and the City declares that due to cutbacks caused by drought or other reduction in water supply demands. 

A copy of the resolution can be found by clicking here.

Background
On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order mandating water reductions throughout California. 

The Executive Order directs the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in jurisdictions across California that would reduce water usage by 25 percent. 

The City of Lomita previously adopted a Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan which authorizes the City Council to declare drought response levels to assist in the City's conservation efforts to reduce water usage. 

In recent years, the City of Lomita has been very proactive in the area of water conservation.  The City Council adopted the above measures as part of our Water Conservation and Drought Management Ordinance in 2009.  In addition to the above measures, the following water conservation measures also apply in the City of Lomita:

The City encourages anyone that notices a leak within the City's public right-of-way or on private property to call Lomita City Hall at (310) 325-7110 or report it online here
The State has given local agencies the authority to fine those who violate the individual prohibitions up to $500 per day.

In the coming weeks the City will be updating the City's website and embarking on a public outreach to educate its residents, property owners and business owners on the importance of water conservation.

For additional information click on any of the links below:
Link to the California Water Boards – Emergency Water Conservation Regulations Portal