Mayor Garcetti announces lowest August water usage on record

Announcement marks third consecutive month of record water consumption for Angelenos

LOS ANGELES— Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Angelenos achieved the lowest water usage on record in August in the City of Los Angeles – the third month in a row that Angelenos have reduced their water usage to historic lows. low – and urged customers to keep saving in the face of prolonged shortages.

Water demand in August was 10% lower than the previous two years, although last August was 3-5 degrees warmer on average. LADWP’s rolling GPCD (gallons per capita per day) is now down to around 111 from 113 last year. LADWP customers heeded calls to save money throughout the summer – reducing their water use by 9% in June and 11% in July, both record lows. Outdoor watering three days a week for two came into effect on June 1, 2022.

“Coming this summer, we recognized an urgent need to reduce water use, and for the third month in a row, Angelenos have more than answered our call – they have embraced it and made conservation a priority. way of life,” said Mayor Garcetti. . “In the face of record monthly heat, Angelenos have gone above and beyond to find additional ways to reduce – and as we continue to battle soaring temperatures and deal with drying up reservoirs, I know Los Angeles will continue to show our region and the rest of the world what meaningful conservation looks like.

All watering continues to be limited to Mondays and Fridays for LADWP customers whose addresses end in odd numbers, and Thursdays and Sundays for all customers whose addresses end in even numbers. These restriction also stipulate that customers who sprinkle with sprinklers are limited to eight minutes per use; sprinkler irrigation using water-saving nozzles is limited to 15 minutes; and watering between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. is prohibited, regardless of the watering day. Hand watering of trees is still permitted and encouraged.

LADWP’s Water Conservation Response Unit recorded an increase of more than 2,346 water waste reports in August. Individuals can report water waste through various channels: online at ladwp.com/waterwaste, by calling LADWP 1-800-DIAL-DWP or by calling the city’s 311 hotline, or through the 311 smartphone app .

In addition to a variety of discounts and incentives, LADWP, in partnership with LA Sanitation and Environment, reopened two local reclaimed water refill stations so customers can collect non-drinkable reclaimed water for free for their landscaping needs. Both charging stations are located at the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant and the LA Zoo parking lot. To be eligible for the program, Angelenos must be an active LADWP customer, complete and sign an application form, and complete a brief training available on-site. Customers have also responded by increasing the number of requests for LADWP’s Sod Replacement Rebate Program by 10 times, which offers $3 per square foot to replace a lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping.

“We are extremely pleased, but not at all surprised, that Angelenos has continued to meet the drought challenge and reduce its water usage during the hot summer months, when water usage is typically the most. high,” said Martin Adams, managing director and chief engineer of LADWP. . “In addition to the commendable efforts of our commercial and residential customers to reduce their water usage, LADWP will continue to provide more innovative programs and solutions to make ongoing conservation both achievable and sustainable.”

Since Mayor Garcetti took office in 2013, LADWP customers have saved more than 256.8 billion gallons of water, enough water to fill the LA Coliseum more than 913 times, and nearly double that of the amount of water used by LADWP in an entire year. LADWP has invested hundreds of millions in its rebate programs and, in addition to rebate increases on washers and toilets last year, continues to look for ways to expand its current programs. Over the past decade, LADWP’s Turf Replacement Rebate Program has helped Angelenos replace more than 51.9 million square feet of turf, which equates to enough water savings to supply 28,087 households per year.

Lance B. Holton