Watering schedule alterations could be on the way for LA

People in Los Angeles may be able to water their lawns more often after water and power commissioners approved a modified three-day a week plan.

Watering restrictions have bounced between the Department of Water and Power and the LA City Council since at least spring. That’s when the DWP released a report from a University of Southern California engineering team that examined a rash of water main breaks last fall.

The report concluded that limiting watering to Tuesdays and Fridays increased pressure and worsened wear on old pipes. The engineers proposed dividing water users into two groups, with even- and odd-numbered houses allowed to run sprinklers before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on different days.

The L.A. City Council liked that plan. But the council also kept tinkering with it, suggesting people could keep lawns greener by watering for less time on more days. So this time, the DWP-approved plan would allow even-numbered houses to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Odd-numbered houses would sprinkle thirsty plants on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Once again, it’s up to the city council to sign off on this plan to make it official.