Beverly Hills will continue its strict water conservation program after completing a water demand analysis which determined that the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) can meet the city’s water needs for the next three years.
The Beverly Hills City Council agreed last week to transition to a long-range conservation goal that maintains the savings level achieved during the recent drought. For 2016, the city has averaged a 22 percent reduction in water use. The city will also continue its proactive leak-detection, water audit and rebate programs, along with restrictions on outdoor watering.
Due to these changes, the penalty surcharge program will be suspended, but enforcing of water conservation restrictions will continue, focusing on prohibited outdoor water use. Over the next few months, the city will impose an “unreasonable use” fine on customers identified as excessive water users.
With the water supply assurances from MWD, Beverly Hills has submitted a self-certification conservation target of 0 percent to the State Water Resources Control Board, but will keep in place an aggressive water conservation program. The modified Stage D water conservation declaration was maintained and will remain in effect until the new city conservation target has been adopted.
Many restrictions will continue. Plumbing and irrigation leaks will be repaired as soon as practical. The city may issue notices to repair visible leaks. The city’s online Water Tracker tool at www.beverlyhills.org/watertracker tracks personal water use and knowledgeable, helpful staff are in place to help customers with continuous flow issues as well as with excessive watering situations.
Landscape irrigation will be restricted to two days per week. Exterior wash-down of buildings and vehicles will also be prohibited, unless the washing is done on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station or using reclaimed wastewater.
Violation by any person of the mandatory requirements for outdoor watering shall constitute a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, will be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000. Water usage from fire hydrants will be limited to firefighting, related activities or other activities necessary to maintain the public health, safety and welfare. Restaurants will serve water upon request only. All public restrooms in the city and private bathrooms in hotels will notify patrons and employees of water conservation goals. To learn more about water wise landscaping, residents are encouraged to attend one of the city’s upcoming workshops. For more information on the free events or on rebates for using high efficiency washers and toilets, weather based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, turf removal and more, and on how to track your water consumption, visit www.bhsaves.org. Also, for tips on how to conserve water, visit MWD’s website at www.bewaterwise.com. To speak with the city’s Water Conservation Administrator, call (310)285-2467 or email DFigoni@BeverlyHills.org.
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