In response to severe drought conditions that have affected California, the City of Los Angeles has implemented mandatory water conservation measures.

The measures which took effect Monday, June 1st, restrict landscape watering with automatic sprinklers to Mondays and Thursdays, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m., according to Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office. Watering by hand with a flow-control nozzle is allowed on any day, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. No watering whatsoever is allowed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Department of Water and Power has additionally implemented a shortage year rate schedule to provide customers with a financial incentive to conserve water. Under the shortage year rates, a customer’s Tier 1 water allotment will be reduced by 15 percent, and the billing rate for Tier 2 water consumption will increase.

A customer’s Tier 1 water allotment is calculated based on a number of factors, including lot size and temperature zone. Customers can check their Tier 1 allotment size at (My Account section) or by calling (800) DIAL-DWP (342-5397).

Customers already conserving 15 percent below their Tier 1 allotment will see no change in their bills, and customers who take new steps to reduce water consumption will see their bills decrease. Customers who exceed the reduced Tier 1 allotment will pay a higher rate for each additional gallon.

Other proposed conservation measures are that commercial laundry and car wash systems use re-circulated water, hotels give guests the option to re-use their towels without washing them daily and restaurants serve water to customers only upon request.

During this severe water shortage, residents are urged to take action to conserve water, Rosendahl said, noting that the city offers many programs and incentives to help residents conserve water.

For more information, or (800) DIAL-DWP.