La Verne

City of

Water Conservation

At its June 1st meeting, the La Verne City Council enacted Phase VII Water Use Restrictions of the City’s Municipal Code, Chapter 13-15 with California Drought Penalty Surcharges. Effective June 1, residential customers will receive a baseline allowance of 22,000 gallons for 2 months. This amount is abundantly sufficient to provide for the health and sanitation standards for a typical family. If the household exceeds 22,000 gallons, excess water use penalties will apply. All other water customer classes are required to reduce their demands by 30% from the same period during calendar year 2013 except irrigation customers, which are required to reduce their consumption by 60%.  

Excess water use penalties are as follows:

Residential Customer:
Level A=0-22,000 gallons…no penalty
Level B=22,001-32,000…$0.18 per unit
Level C=32,001-52,000…$0.60 per unit
Level D=52,001-82,000…$0.98 per unit
Level E=82,001 gallons and greater…$2.61 per unit

Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Customers:
Level A = 70% of 2013 use...no penalty
Level B = 71% - 99% of 2013 use...$0.98 per unit
Level C = 100% and greater of 2013 use...$2.61 per unit

Irrigation Customers:
Level A = 40% of 2013 use...no penalty
Level B = 41% - 99% of 2013 use...$0.98 per unit
Level C = 100% and greater of 2013 use...$2.61 per unit

The Council’s action encourages the community to comply with the emergency regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board, which ordered the City of La Verne to reduce water consumption by 32% from the 2013 calendar year. Additionally, the State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations prohibit certain outdoor water uses and require urban water agencies to implement mandatory outdoor water use restrictions.  The following mandatory restrictions on water use under Phase VII of the City’s Ordinance and the State Water Board regulations are as follows:

    1. Hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, or other paved surfaces shall be prohibited.
    2. Washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and other types of mobile equipment shall be done only with a hand-held water container or a hose equipped with a positive shut off nozzle for quick rinses, except that washing may be done on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or with reclaimed water.  
    3. No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is part of a recycling system. 
    4. All leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures shall be repaired within forty-eight hours of discovery or notification.
    5. Watering of landscape or other turf area, including that of commercial nurseries, golf courses, and other water dependent industries shall only be permitted between the hours of one hour before sunset and ten a.m. for no more than five minutes per station or area, and not to exceed more than twenty minutes per week; except that there shall be no restriction on watering with reclaimed water, providing that signs are posted that identify reclaimed water is being used. The use of properly operating drip irrigation systems or hand held buckets shall be permitted at any time.
    6. Water runoff from landscaped areas into adjoining streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas shall be prohibited.
    7. Installation of non-recirculating water systems shall be prohibited in new commercial conveyor car wash and new commercial laundry systems.
    8. Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall is prohibited. 
    9. Food preparation establishments, such as restaurants or cafes, shall be prohibited from using non-water conserving dish wash spray valves.

Reduction in water use through conservation education and active community participation is our ultimate goal.  For information on water efficiency rebates currently available, please visit www.bewaterwise.com or www.socalwatersmart.com.  

Please note that any conservation efforts you make will positively impact our community, water supply and saves money.  If you should have any questions or would like to discuss how you might be able to reduce your water use, please contact our customer service staff at (909) 596-8744, Monday-Thursday from 8 AM until 6 PM.