City of Hawthorne Conservation Program

The City of Hawthorne has implemented stage 2 of its Water Conservation Program for its residents and businesses. Please read on for more information from the city.

For more detailed information concerning water budgets, restrictions and penalties, customers must contact their water company to ensure compliance with these important new rules.

Following guidelines approved by the California Public Utilities Commission and your local water agency, these new rules and prohibitions will help our city achieve mandated water conservation goals in response to the Governor’s recent Executive Order. These regulations detail the current Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Program.

A. The washing down of paved surfaces, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios, is prohibited, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.

B. The wasting of water resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, low head drainage, or overspray, etc. is prohibited. Water flowing onto non- targeted areas, such as adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, hardscapes, roadways, or structures is also prohibited.

C. The irrigation of residential and commercial landscape is permitted before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only and not during or within forty-eight (48) hours after a measurable rainfall.

D. The watering of landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs, located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system requires the use of a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket.

E. The irrigation of nursery and commercial grower’s products is only permitted before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.

F. Re-circulated water is required to operate ornamental fountains.

G. The washing of vehicles requires the use of a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re- circulates (reclaims) water on-site. Washing during hot conditions is prohibited when additional water is required due to evaporation.

H. The service and refill of water at restaurants and other food service establishments shall only occur upon request.

I. Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments are required to offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.

J. The repair of all water leaks within five (5) days of notification by the City of Hawthorne or the water agency is required, unless other arrangements are made with the Code Enforcement Department.

K. The use of recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes is required, when available.

L. Irrigation of ornamental turf in public street medians with potable water is prohibited

M. Irrigation outside newly constructed homes and buildings with potable water is prohibited unless delivered by drip irrigation and/or micro spray

N. Other duly adopted restrictions on the use of potable water as prescribed from time to time by the Public Utilities Commission or other authorized government agencies are incorporated herein by reference.

O. Irrigating ornamental landscapes with potable water is limited to no more than two (2) days per week on a schedule established as follows:

(i) Water users with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

(ii) Water users with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate on Sundays and Wednesdays.

(iii) Water users without a street address may irrigate on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

(iv) Notwithstanding the foregoing restrictions, irrigation of special landscape areas or commercial nurseries may occur as needed, provided that the water user who wishes to irrigate a special landscape area or commercial nursery presents the City of Hawthorne or its agent with a plan to achieve water use reductions commensurate with those that would be achieved by complying with foregoing restrictions

– The foregoing restrictions do not apply to:

(i) Landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use drip irrigation systems and/or micro spray irrigation system;

(ii) Irrigation of ornamental landscapes with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a continuously monitored hose which is fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use or monitored, or for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system.

In addition, each customer will be given a specific monthly water budget, to be determined by the water supplier and communicated via monthly bills. This budget will prescribe a usage amount and exceeding this amount may result in penalties.

Violations of this Ordinance may result in fines from $50 – $1000. Repeat offenders face the possibility of having their water supply restricted or even shut off by their water company.