LA seeks new lawn watering schedule

The Los Angeles City Council is moving to change lawn-watering rules because experts found the current conservation rules were putting too much pressure on mains.

The council says residents should be able to water their lawns for eight minutes three times a week, always before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. The proposal by Councilman Greig Smith now goes to the Department of Water and Power and back to the council for approval.

Under the current ordinance, all residents may water their lawns for 15 minutes on Mondays and Thursdays. The new proposal says those who live at odd-numbered addresses can water three days a week, while those at even-numbered addresses can water on three alternating days.

The DWP says 101 pipes burst from July to September, two times the normal rate.

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