Water Conservation

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Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations

  • Even-numbered addresses are limited to landscape irrigation on Mondays and Thursdays.

  • Odd-numbered addresses and addresses ending in fractions are limited to landscape irrigation on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Lawn, landscaping, and other turf areas cannot be watered between the hours of 10am and 4pm and cannot water the sidewalks or streets.

  • Water leaks must be immediately fixed.

  • Washing of sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveways, or parking areas cannot be done with a water hose.

  • No water can be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains unless such water is part of a recycling system.

  • The use of a hose to wash an automobile is prohibited, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.

Increased Mandatory Water Conservation Measures
Last summer, on July 9, 2013, the Sierra Madre City Council approved Resolution Number 13-52 adopting mandatory 20% water conservation measures. Mandatory water conservation was implemented, because Sierra Madre’s underground water levels had approached all-time lows due to a serious decline in the water level of the groundwater basin. While the City water customers as a whole have made efforts to conserve water over the last 12 months, the California drought continues with record low rainfall increasing the need for further conservation. As a result, on July 8, 2014, the City Council passed Resolution 14-58 implementing a 30% water conservation target.
In addition, the State declared a drought emergency and the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted Emergency Regulation Article X: "Prohibition of Activities and Mandatory Actions during Drought Emergency.” On July 22, 2014, the Sierra Madre City Council also adopted these regulations, which can be found here:

Participation in the mandatory activities list along with these helpful tips will assist customers in reaching their 30% targets. Please note the 30% mandatory water conservation is not in addition to the 20% (or 10%) customers were already asked to conserve, but it is a revised conservation target number for each property. Like previous seasonal conservation targets, the new winter and summer targets are based on a 30% reduction in use over the average winter and summer water consumption at each address in 2012 and 2013. At a 30% conservation target, most customers will need to save an additional 10% over the conservation target assigned last year. In addition, no single property’s (meter) conservation target will be set below 12 units bi-monthly.

Beginning with water bills issued on August 1st and September 1, 2014, water customers will see the 30% summer conservation target printed on their bills as compared to the actual consumption. However, due to the delay between the consumption periods as compared to the date the bill was generated, it is expected that most customers will exceed their new conservation target. No penalties are being assessed at this time. However, future bills may include financial penalties if the water consumption exceeds the conservation target.

For customers East of Baldwin Avenue, the winter base period includes consumption reflected on March, May, and July utility bills for calendar year 2013 (for consumption readings, refer to February, April, and June months on your utility bill graph). The summer base period includes consumption reflected on the September, November, and January utility bills for calendar year 2012-2013 (for consumption readings, refer to August, October, and December months on your utility bill graph).

For customers West of Baldwin Avenue, the Winter base period includes consumption reflected on February, April and June bills for calendar year 2013 (for consumption readings, refer to January, March and May months on your utility bill. The Summer base period includes consumption reflected on the August, October, and December bills for calendar year 2012 (for consumption readings, refer to July, September, and November months on the utility bill).

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There is an appeals process for residents that believe their water conservation targets cannot fulfill their current household needs. Please note that these conservation targets reflect any previously processed appeals at the 20% conservation target levels and have been adjusted from that starting point to reach the 30% conservation targets. A new application for appeal is required for residents with concerns about the conservation targets assigned to their property. For information about the appeals process, please contact City Hall or download the Water Conservation Ordinance Appeal Application.

The City of Sierra Madre will lift mandatory water conservation restrictions when it is safe to do so. Conversely, if the City’s water levels do not restore to safe levels, it may be necessary to impose more stringent conservation requirements. The City appreciates all efforts to conserve water so that an adequate, reliable water source can be available for the future.

Additional information is available on the City’s website, or by calling the City of Sierra Madre at (626) 355-7135. Please look for water conservation information in your future water bills, in the newspaper, on the City’s website, and through City E-Blasts.