Patt Morrison for July 6, 2010

Watering your lawn gets complicated: new rules hope to avoid those pesky pipe bursts

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The Los Angeles City Council and DWP are deciding how to re-structure water rationing rules in order to avoid water main breakages

When the L.A. City Council and the DWP first proposed lawn watering restrictions last year there was some moaning and groaning among homeowners that the strict water rationing would lead to ugly front yards across the city. But Los Angelenos got in line and had seemed to embrace the Monday/Thursday watering rules, until water manes started bursting under streets in various neighborhoods. Today the City Council hopes to rectify that problem by changing the water formula for when people are allowed to turn on the sprinklers, but it gets a little a complicated. There’s also the question of compliance because while the majority of the city’s residents seem to be following the rules there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence on any block throughout L.A. that people still willfully blow off the restrictions. Will “water cops” be issuing tickets to scofflaw sprinklers?

Guests:

Jan Perry, L.A. City Councilwoman representing the 9th District; Chair of Energy & Environment Committee

Greig Smith, L.A. City Councilman representing the 12th District


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