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Council Meeting June 1 to Consider Level 2 Water Shortage Plan

The community is invited provide comment and hear information on recommendations to implement the City’s Level 2 Water Shortage Plan during the City Council meeting June 1. The Council will discuss the plan and other possible steps in response to the serious drought in California and Governor Jerry Brown’s mandate for a 25-percent cut in water use. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Pasadena’s Level 2 Water Shortage Plan, under City ordinance Chapter 13.10, would limit outdoor watering to two days per week during spring and summer, and one day per week during fall and winter. The plan requires water leaks to be fixed within 48 hours and prohibits the filling of ornamental lakes and ponds. The City is required to hold a public hearing prior to the Council declaring a Level 2 shortage. If approved, the Council will set an effective date for when the Level 2 shortage is declared. The Council approved Pasadena’s Water Waste Prohibitions and Water Supply Shortage Plan Ordinance in 2009. The City has been operating on a Level 1 declaration since July 28, 2014 that limits outdoor watering to three days in spring and summer (one day in fall and winter). Given the recent announcement by Governor Brown for greater water conservation PWP encourages all customers to limit irrigation to two days per week. 

Key Things to Consider  - A Sustainable Water Future

If the limited outdoor watering days are creating brown patches on your lawn, consider placing drought-tolerant plants in hard-to-water areas.  

  • If you plant drought-tolerant landscape, altering your irrigation is key to seeing long term water savings.
  • Check out our online landscape designs for ideas
  • Consider hardscape options: patios with pavers, hammocks with overhead covering, etc.
  • Think about other ways to reduce your outdoor water use: 

20% Water Reduction 

Yes, outdoor watering makes up 60% of an average household, but there are also ways you can change your indoor water habits to create 20-25% reduction in your overall water use.



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KEY CAPITAL water projectS 

PWP is investing in several capital projects that would help to not only replenish our local water levels, but create sustainable alternative water sources 

    • Arroyo Seco Canyon would stabilize our water levels by bringing in local water to replenish our groundwater 
    • Recycled Water would help offset the use of drinking water for irrigation and cooling processes at nearby hospitals and commercial/industrial buildings 

 water resources 


News Release: Water Shortage Meetings May 18 & June 1 

News Release: Pasadena Supports Governor Brown's Call For More Water Conservation 


The above images are courtesy of the Association of California Water Agencies.