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Level 2 Water Shortage Plan in Effect:
Fall/Winter Watering Schedule Resumes Nov 1-Mar 31.
Outdoor Watering Limited to 1 Day per Week
on Saturdays Only

On June 1, 2015 the Pasadena City Council adopted the Level 2 Water Shortage Plan, under City Ordinance Chapter 13.10. The plan limits outdoor watering to one day per week on Saturdays in the fall and winter months from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31, and two days per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the spring and summer months from April 1 through Oct 31. The plan also prohibits watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., requires water leaks to be fixed within 48 hours, and prohibits the filling of ornamental lakes and ponds. (Please note that the fall/winter watering schedule was also one day per week in 2014 under the previous Level 1 Water Shortage Supply Plan.)

To view the City's Water Waste Ordinance, click here.  

More Conservation is Needed! Help us get to 28% Conservation by February 2016

Since the City Council implemented the Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Plan, Pasadena has saved more than 1.2 billion gallons of water. Be sure to check the Pasadena Water Savings Gauge, which is displayed on the lower right-hand corer of this website. The gauge is updated weekly and show's the city's progress toward reaching the 28% conservation mandate set by the State Water Resources Control Board. The gallons of water saved and the Water Savings Gauge data are cumulative results based on water usage by all PWP customers from June 1, 2015 to the present. 

Each month, the SWRCB compares residential and commercial water use by urban water supplier's and compares it with their use for the same month in 2013 to determine if the water suppliers are on track for meeting their conservation goal. The SWRCB mandated that cities must reach and maintain their conservation goal from June 1, 2015 through Feb 28, 2016 or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.

Water Waste Enforcement Expanded to Early Morning Patrol 

Water waste reporting has proven to be an effective tool in helping Pasadena to date, achieve a 25% reduction.  With more than 4,000 water waste incidents reported by the community in this year alone, the majority of violators (95%) comply without a fine being issued. And as we move into the last few months of warm weather, it is critical that we continue to conserve.  

Feedback from the community indicates that additional water wasting is happening as a result of residents irrigating more frequently than the designated watering days and in the early hours before the sun rises.  To ensure that we are all doing our part to conserve, effective October 1, 2015, PWP’s water waste enforcement has been expanded to include early morning patrols. 

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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What is the City of Pasadena doing to Conserve?

The Council adopted a 28% water conservation goal citywide that aligns Pasadena with mandated reductions set by the state. The City also is taking several steps to reduce its own water use. Learn more. 

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: Level 2 Water Shortage Plan Adopted  

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.

Water Usage Gauge