On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown formally ended the January 17, 2014 drought state of emergency for all parts of California except for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties. While the emergency drought is over, several drought restrictions are still in place statewide as defined in Executive Order B-40-17. Furthermore, Executive Order B-37-16: Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life remains in effect. Together these orders significantly reduce mandatory requirements put in place during the drought, while asking cities, water suppliers, agricultural water users, and industrial water users to make long term improvements to water supply management that support water conservation.
The State is reacting to a much wetter and milder rainy season in 2016-2017, but there is the possibility that this is a temporary reprieve in a long term drought. If we enter into another dry year or if conservation does not yield results, the State may reinstate mandatory drought requirements. New goals regarding water conservation will be set by State agencies so that California can continue to become more water efficient. This will help mitigate the effects of future droughts even if they are longer or more severe than our most recent drought. La Verne residents should take this opportunity to transition into conservation as a way of life in Southern California.
At its May 15, 2017 meeting, the La Verne City Council voted to transition to Phase I of the Water Use Restriction Ordinance, while asking customers to continue conserving and adopting conservation as a way of life in California. The City is asking residents to voluntarily reduce consumption by 10% of 2013 usage and continue to cease water wasting practices defined in Executive Order B-40-17. Restrictions in Phase I of the Water Use Restriction Ordinance and Executive Order B-40-17, include:
- Hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, hardscapes or other paved surfaces shall be prohibited.
- Washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and other types of mobile equipment shall be done only with a hand-held water container or a hose equipped with a positive shut off nozzle for quick rinses, except that washing may be done on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or with reclaimed water.
- No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is part of a recycling system.
- Watering in a manner that causes runoff from landscaped areas into adjoining streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas, or watering within 48 hours after measurable precipitation shall be prohibited.
- Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians shall be prohibited.
For more information about La Verne’s conservation programs, free events and free water efficient landscaping classes please visit our website at www.cityoflaverne.org. For information on water efficiency rebates currently available please visit www.bewaterwise.com or SoCalWaterSsmart.com.
If you should have any questions or would like to discuss how you might be able to reduce your water use, please contact our customer service staff at (909) 596-8744.
Drought Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
So is the drought over?
In most parts of California, yes! However, there are still long term effects of the drought to overcome. These include managing overdrawn groundwater basins, mitigating effects of large scale tree death and strengthening drought resilient water supplies, but most short term water supply problems have been significantly relieved. In order to address lingering effects of the drought, cities, water suppliers and agricultural water users are tasked with making long term improvements to water supply management that support water conservation. Residents should also continue many of the water saving practices adopted throughout the drought.
While the State is reacting to a much wetter and milder rainy season in 2016-2017 there is the possibility that this is a temporary reprieve in a longer term drought. If we enter into another dry year or if conservation does not yield results, the State has the ability to reinstate mandatory drought requirements. New goals regarding water conservation will be set by the State agencies so that California can continue to become more water efficient. This will help mitigate the effects of future droughts even if they are longer or more severe than our most recent drought. La Verne residents should take this opportunity to transition into conservation as a way of life in Southern California.
What does “long term improvements to water supply management that support water conservation” mean?
As part of Executive Order B-37-16, the State Water Resources Control Board prepared a plan that recommends various long term drought planning policies that take into account varying climactic, landscape, and demographic conditions for cities, water suppliers, and agricultural users. Some of these include strengthened water use standards for commercial, industrial, institutional, and indoor residential water use. New standards for outdoor irrigation may need to take into account additional factors such as area and local climate. More strict standards regarding water system leaks are also recommended by the plan. The final standards for new water use targets may not be set until as late as 2021, but interim goals may be set by the State Water Resources Control Board. The current goal is full compliance with the final standards by 2025.
How much does La Verne need to save?
As of April 2017, the State is no longer mandating La Verne to reduce water consumption by an amount, but to make long term improvements to water supply management that support water conservation. La Verne City Council is requesting a voluntary 10% reduction from 2013 usage, as found in Phase I Water Use Restrictions of the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance. The City Council has also asked residents and businesses to abide by all applicable municipal codes, State laws and executive orders regarding wasteful practices.
Why does La Verne no longer have a state mandate?
The Governor has rescinded mandatory water conservation as of April 7, 2017, because of improved rainfall amounts. The California Legislature and State Water Resources Control Board are instead relying on a transition towards long-term drought planning to reduce water usage in cities like La Verne.
Why are you removing surcharges?
Due to the successful conservation efforts of our customers and the State no longer mandating a 32% reduction in consumption, the City Council no longer felt the need to continue drought penalty surcharges at this time.
What do I do when I see water being wasted or a regulation being violated?
Please contact the City of La Verne Water Waster Hotline at 909-596-8787 and leave a detailed message regarding the date, time, location and wasteful activity.
Residents may also submit online service requests related to water wasting or violations to the City of La Verne through the 24 Hour City Hall. 24 Hour City Hall is accessible at the top of the cityoflaverne.org homepage. Please leave a detailed message regarding the date, time, location and wasteful activity.
Do you offer any rebates or programs to help cover the cost of appliances, irrigation equipment, or anything else to help homeowners reduce water consumption?
Yes, the City and Metropolitan Water District currently offer several rebates for water saving practices and devices such as turf removal, low flush toilets, low flow shower heads and faucets, high water efficiency clothes washers, smart controllers, sprinkler nozzles and rain barrels.
For more information on City of La Verne water efficiency rebates currently available please visit Rebate Information page or click “Rebate Information” under “Water Conservation Links” at the top of this page.
How often should I water my grass/landscaping?
Watering of grass/landscaping is not currently limited by time, but 20 minutes per station, per week is typically enough for most landscapes. Because people have different types of soil and plants in their yard, we recommend visiting the water calculator at www.bewaterwise.com/calculator.html.
What is "runoff" and why is it prohibited?
Runoff is water that flows off of landscape, often due to overwatering. Runoff is prohibited because water is being wasted running down the sidewalks, driveways, streets and into the gutter. In addition to wasting water, this practice is prohibited because of trip hazards and the runoff picks up additional materials that pollute the storm drain system.
How many gallons of water are used on average in a single-family home in La Verne per month?
Does the City of La Verne offer any classes or help for me to convert my traditional lawn into a drought tolerant landscape?
Yes, the City has partnered with Three Valleys Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District to conduct regular California Friendly Landscape Classes.
Does the City offer financial assistance to fund repairs of broken pipes, toilets, sprinklers or anything else that might waste water?
The City does not have any funds available for the repair of deteriorating pipes, toilets or sprinklers at this time.
I have installed low flush toilets, low flow shower heads and faucets, what are additional ways to conserve water?
- When warming up the water before taking a shower, place a bucket to catch the water and use to water plants, rinse fruits and vegetables or fill the pet drinking bowl.
- When taking a shower, turn off the water while soaping up.
- When washing your hands, turn off the water while allowing soap to work.
- When washing clothes and dishes, wait until the appliance is full before running a load.
- When watering your lawn, focus on dry spots instead of watering everywhere and adjust when you notice runoff.
- Before watering your landscaping, periodically aerate the grass or soil to allow more water to be soaked in and avoid compaction.
- Take advantage of rebates for the removal of turf and installation of drought tolerant landscaping.