Caliofornia’s Governor Brown recently mandated a state wide water savings order and has even recently called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought.
The city of Torrance has been proactive and as early as 2009 created the Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Ordinance (Ordinance 3717) that permanently sets restrictions on certain wasteful water uses is in effect. Current baseline restrictions include:
- No landscape watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Limiting individual irrigation station run times to no more than 15 minutes
- No excessive water flows or runoff from landscape irrigation
- No washing down of driveways, sidewalks or other exterior surfaces except for safety or sanitary reasons
- Repairing known water leaks within 15 days
- Using only hoses with a positive shut-off valve attachment in landscape watering, wash-downs or in washing vehicles
- Using only decorative fountains and other water features that use recirculation systems
The city suggests the following conservation tips:
Southern California is a desert, which means we must import water from far away sources like Northern California and the Colorado River. And, as many of us know, the West can count on the occasional dry spell or even drought.
That makes every drop of water precious. We all must do our part to use water wisely.
* Consider native and drought-tolerant plants and grasses when making landscape choices and adjust watering to take advantage of the less-thirsty plants.
* Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slow evaporation.
* Check for and repair faucet leaks. A dripping faucet can waste several gallons of water each day – about 140 gallons a month.
* Install low-flow faucet aerators on all faucets. Some aerators can restrict flow to less than a gallon per minute.
* Retrofit or replace fixtures to new, water efficient models