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Pasadena outdoor watering limited to one day a week in winter

Pasadena residents are limited to just one outdoor watering day a week after the city’s first-ever winter water restrictions took effect Sunday.

In the summer, sprinklers were allowed to run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Now residents must choose just one of those days each week to water their lawns, although the restriction does not apply to watering by hand or drip irrigation systems.

After Pasadena experienced record-low rainfall two years ago, the city implemented a water conservation plan that required the regulation of sprinkler systems, prohibited residents from hosing down pavement and required the immediate repair of leaky plumbing fixtures.

“As far as switching to the winter schedule, we have to be really aggressive about getting the word out since people only just adjusted to the three-day-a-week schedule -- but they’ll get the message,” said Erica Rolufs, spokeswoman for Pasadena Water and Power. “The city overall is using less water in this fiscal year to date than it has since 1994, so people are responding really well.”

Postcards and newsletters will be sent out to all Pasadena residents and businesses, as well as those in Altadena who are Pasadena Water and Power customers. The department employs 19 people who report violations, which can incur a fine of up to $1,000. The winter water restriction will continue until March 31.

-- Corina Knoll

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Doesn't the water from Pasadena come from the Sierra Mountains in Northern California like most other cities in Southern California? Last year, snow pack levels were near normal.

How does actual rainfall totals in Pasadena proper relate to the availability of water?

This seems like a power grab and excuse to artifically restrict water in order to hike water hikes and increase Water Board pensions.

"but they’ll get the message" That's the attitude of the neo nazi state we live in now. And lets not leave out the fact that the water rates have tripled starting October 1st...As if somehow rainwater suddenly cost 3x as much. The criminal gang at city hall cashing in on a infrastructure and system everyones grandparents and parents already paid for in full...


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