Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, celebrated a record reduction in water consumption in Los Angeles last summer during a press conference on Nov. 7 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Nature Gardens.
From June to September, LADWP customers collectively saved nearly six billion gallons of water compared to the same period in 2021. Angelenos have also reduced per capita daily water use to 110 gallons as of September, as averaged over the last 12 months.
“At the beginning of the summer, we called on Angelenos to cut back on their water use, and [now], we can recognize the past few months as one of the most historic stretches of conservation in L.A. history,” Garcetti said. “As we continue to give Angelenos more ways to conserve, it’s a perfect time to kick off the start of tree planting season – a crucial part of our work to make Los Angeles a more resilient, equitable and beautiful city.”
Garcetti and O’Farrell were joined LADWP general manager Martin L. Adams, LADWP board member Mia Lehrer and Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.
“A typical residential customer in L.A. uses over one-third of their water outdoors. As such, there is an opportunity for more savings in landscaping and irrigation,” Adams said. “Customers can take advantage of various LADWP programs to transform landscapes and plant trees and shrubs appropriate for our climate. Fall is planting season, meaning it’s the perfect time to let a California-friendly landscape get established so that it’s beautiful, healthy and less thirsty this summer.”
As California faced a diminishing water supply due to climate change, the city of Los Angeles called on residents in June to further conserve water by implementing Phase 3 of the city’s water conservation plan ordinance. It required Angelenos to reduce outdoor watering to two days a week for eight minutes per station. LADWP also further promoted water conservation rebates and programs to help customers cut back on water use.
Over the summer, LADWP customers responded by taking advantage of rebates. From June through September, the LADWP provided over $2.8 million in rebates for clothes washers, toilets and turf replacement, which is 70% more than the amount provided during the same time last year.
“The Natural History Museum is a place for Los Angeles residents to learn about what they can do at their own homes to play a role in water conservation. Our Nature Gardens are a beautiful example of using native plants and turf alternatives to support biodiversity, reduce water consumption and promote sustainability, and we hope it inspires everyone to create their own drought-resilient garden and continue to take more actions to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Bettison-Varga said.
“In addition to being an iconic cultural institution in Los Angeles, the Natural History Museum is also leading the way in its sustainable design and environmental practices,” added O’Farrell, the chair of the City Council’s Environmental Justice Committee. “Keeping in line with its mission to educate and enrich the public, the Natural History Museum is showing Angelenos the beauty and practicality of incorporating sustainability into landscaping, design and architecture.”
For information about the LADWP’s water conservation programs, visit ladwp.com/save.