Water Conservation

Increased Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

At the May 28, 2013 City Council meeting, the City Council implemented mandatory water conservation measures for all water customers in Sierra Madre, effective immediately. The dry winter Sierra Madre just experienced seriously affected the groundwater levels as did increased water consumption by the City’s water customers. Due to the lack of rain and increased consumption, the groundwater levels have not recovered, leading the Raymond Basin Watermaster to reduce the City’s groundwater pumping rights by almost 47%.

The City now requires that each water customer conserve a percentage of his or her July 2011 through June 2012 water use. The required percentage of conservation will vary, depending on the customer’s water use. Customers consuming 0-12 billing units of water (0-1,200 cubic feet) will be exempt from the conservation requirements. Customers using 13-17 billing units (1,300 – 1,700 cubic feet) are required to reduce their consumption by 10%. Customers using 18 units or more are required to reduce by 20%.

Sample Conservation Goal Calculation


Total Annual Use

300 Units


Average Use
Per Billing Period

50 Units


20% Reduction Goal
20% of 2011-2012 Average Use

(50 x 80%)
40 Units

It is imperative that everyone in the community does everything they can to conserve water. Active, thoughtful water conservation by everyone in Sierra Madre now could help the City avoid even more stringent mandatory measures and/or the import of water from sources outside the City.

The following measures remain in place:

  • Washing sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveways, or parking areas with a water hose is prohibited.
  • Water may not be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains unless such water is part of a recycling system.
  • Restaurants, cafes, delis, or other public places where food is sold, served or offered for sale, may not serve drinking water unless expressly requested by the customer.
  • Water leaks must be fixed immediately.
  • Watering lawns, landscaping, or other turf areas is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must be done in a manner that does not waste any water.

Water Conservation Tips

  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Watering is prohibited between the hours of 10a.m. and 4 p.m. and must be done in a manner that does not waster any water.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  • Do not use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home, when a flood occurs.
  • Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose drought resistant plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.
  • Remove lawn and install “xeriscaping”.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.

Additional Water Conservation Resources

Be Water Wise

San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Water Use It Wisely

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