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City of Manhattan Beach Amends Water Conservation Ordinance

Post Date:12/03/2015 2:29 PM

Manhattan Beach, Calif. – On October 6, 2015, the City of Manhattan Beach amended its Water Conservation Ordinance to allow water users to conduct landscape watering two days per week for a period of eight minutes per watering zone, as opposed to one day per week for a period of fifteen minutes per watering zone. The City Council believes that this amendment will reduce over-irrigation, oversaturation of landscaping, and unnecessary waste of water caused by runoff.

The City remains under Stage 3 Water Shortage Restrictions, and the amendment applies only to the Stage 3 Water Shortage, which now allows landscaped irrigation as follows:

Landscape watering with potable water shall be limited to two times per week for not more
than 8 minutes per watering zone from:

A. 6:00 PM on Wednesday before 9:00 AM the following Thursday; and
B. 6:00 PM on Saturday before 9:00 AM the following Sunday.

The statewide water restrictions began June 1, 2015 and will be in place through February 28, 2016. The Manhattan Beach community has responded admirably by reducing water consumption an average 23% to date.

In spite of successful conservation efforts, Manhattan Beach recognizes it is time for a paradigm shift in how we use our limited water resources and is committed to educating the community on the topic of water conservation. Anyone with questions regarding the City’s water conservation efforts should visit our Drought page or contact (310) 802-5324.

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