Environment & Science

New water rationing schedule for Los Angeles residents

The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval today to a new water rationing schedule that will let Department of Water and Power customers turn on their sprinklers three days a week.

Customers are currently allowed to irrigate their lawns for only up to 15 minutes on Mondays and Thursdays, before 9 in the morning or after 4 in the afternoon, because of the drought.

Under the new schedule, odd-numbered addresses will water Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and even-numbered addresses Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 and after 4 to minimize evaporation.

To further encourage customers to save water, the DWP intends to increase the rebate on water-conserving sprinkler nozzles to $8 per nozzle, which covers the price.