As part of its drought management and response plan, Cal Water has updated the irrigation schedule for its Westlake District customers to help combat worsening drought conditions and align with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s one-day-per-week watering restrictions. The new schedule will begin June 1, 2022.
Outdoor landscape irrigation will be limited to one day per week as follows, between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.:
- Addresses ending with an odd number: Saturday
- Addresses ending with an even number or with no street number: Sunday
Cal Water’s Westlake District receives its water supply for customers from the Metropolitan Water District through wholesale provider Calleguas Municipal Water District.
Cal Water originally moved to a two-day-per-week irrigation schedule at the end of April 2022, when the utility’s Westlake District entered Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Also at that time, penalties for violating prohibited uses of water doubled. Some of the common restrictions include:
- All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in a customer’s plumbing fixtures and/or irrigation system must be repaired within five business days of written notification by Cal Water.
- Vehicles may only be washed with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device.
- Water may not be used on driveways or sidewalks, unless for health and safety purposes.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes may occur during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Restaurants may only serve water upon request, and hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
"While we are doing everything possible on our end to ensure a safe, reliable water supply, customer conservation is vitally important to weather this drought and its impact on local water supplies," said Doug Varney, Westlake District Manager. "We offer our Westlake District customers a variety of conservation programs and encourage them to take advantage of these resources to help save water every day."
Cal Water’s industry-leading conservation programs include:
- Lawn-to-garden rebate of $3 per square foot of lawn removed and replaced with low-water-use landscaping
- Spray-to-drip rebate of $0.50 per square foot of landscaping converted from standard spray irrigation to a drip system
- Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, with certain rebates now doubled
- A free smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of most irrigation leaks
- A free residential conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, and more for residential customers
More conservation programs, drought resources, and a full list of the prohibited uses of water can be found on the drought page.