When can I water my lawn? Depends on LA address

The water restrictions are set to go into effect June 1 for people who live in many parts of Southern California. As the drought continues, the Metropolitan Water District hopes some of these changes will reduce water use by 20 to 30 percent and possibly prevent a total ban on outdoor watering later in the summer.

In the city of LA, watering is limited to two days a week, with no watering allowed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Customers with odd addresses can water on Mondays and Fridays, and even addresses on Thursdays and Sundays. Meanwhile, parts of Ventura County are already down to just one day a week.

When it comes to swimming pools, owners will need to put up covers to limit evaporation, but there are no limits on how filling pools are, says LA Times reporter Ian James.

Plus, washing your car at home uses more water than taking it to commercial car washes, he notes. “Some of the rules throughout California focus on the fact that if people are going to wash a car at home, they’re supposed to use a shut-off nozzle, so the hose doesn’t just run down the gutter.”

Meanwhile, people who manage the state’s water supplies are concerned about levels in major reservoirs, which are currently about half their historic average, he points out. And the Metropolitan Water District says that if areas don’t reduce their water use now, a complete ban on outdoor watering could take place in the fall, if needed.

James suggests the best thing to do is check your water supplier’s website to find out exactly what conservation rules you need to follow now and help prevent a total summer watering ban.

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