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City sprinklers on full blast as rain falls in Mid-City

February 9, 2010 |  3:58 pm

Workers in the businesses along the 5100 block of Venice Boulevard in Mid-City complain that the sprinklers on a city-owned median have been watering the grass during recent rain storms.

Early Tuesday afternoon,  the sprinklers were Sprinklersspraying as rain was falling. 

"It happens all the time," one worker said as he darted into his pickup truck and left.

During an afternoon deluge last month, a Times reporter saw the sprinklers watering the median as sheets of rain blanketed the street and sidewalk.

Under a mandatory water-conservation ordinance enacted in June, it is illegal to use sprinklers on any day other than Monday and Thursday, according to the Department of Water and Power. Sprinklers cannot not be used between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A spokesman for the DWP, Joe Ramallo, said the agency would investigate the matter. If people see watering violations, he said, they should report them by calling (800) DIAL-DWP.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Sprinklers watering a public median as rain fell Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times