July 8, 2021--Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-21 calling for a voluntary 15% reduction from 2020 water use levels across the state and added 9 additional counties under drought emergency. The proclamation included 5 common sense ways to reduce water use; e.g. reducing the time and frequency of outdoor irrigation, fixing leaks in a timely manner, and other indoor water-efficient practices. As mentioned in the Executive Order and consistent with the City's Water Conservation Program outreach, outdoor irrigation consists of up to 50% of residential water use. The most efficient and impactful way to achieve any reduction target is through reducing sprinkler run time and frequency, as well as quickly repairing leaks. Please view resources below on how to save water indoors and outdoors, as well as rebates available to Arcadia water customers.
Executive Order N-10-21
Governor Newsom Calls on Californians to Take Simple Actions to Conserve Water
May 21, 2021--Governor Newsom has declared a drought emergency in 41 California counties. While Los Angeles County has not yet been declared under a drought emergency, the U.S. Drought Monitor already shows the county to be in extreme drought. The City continues to monitor the drought situation and would like to remind the community that the most impactful way to use water efficiently is by being mindful of outdoor irrigation.
Governor Newsom Expands Drought Emergency
US Drought Monitor
The City of Arcadia's Seasonal Watering Schedules are codified in the Arcadia Municipal Code. The Summer Watering Schedule is currently in effect and will last until October 31. The allowed outdoor irrigation days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. To prevent evaporation, please water between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. when sunlight and wind are weakest. Limit sprinklers to 10 minutes per station to avoid creating runoff and ensure that leaks are fixed in a timely manner. Trees and plants may be watered manually every day within the allowed hours by a garden hose with shut-off nozzle attachment.
SEASONAL WATERING DAYS
3 days per week -- Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Winter (November 1 - April 30):
2 days per week -- Tuesday & Saturday
Mandatory Water Conservation Prohibitions
- No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered or irrigated between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered or irrigated more than 2 days a week in winter and 3 days a week in summer. The City's watering days are:
- Summer (May-October): TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, and SATURDAYS.
- Winter (November-April): TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS
- No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.
- No washing of motor vehicles, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or similar device that ceases dispensing water when not in use.
- No water shall be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless such water is part of a recirculating system.
- No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered in a wasteful manner.
- No lawn, landscape, or turf areas shall be watered or irrigated during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- No Arcadia water customer shall permit water to leak from any facilities on their premises.
- No restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria, bar, or other public places where food or beverage is served or offered for sale shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested by the customer.
- No hotel or motel shall launder towels and linens of an occupied guestroom on a daily basis unless expressly requested by the guest.
Arcadia residents may apply for a rebate on newly purchased WaterSense labeled showerheads, which have been tested to meet the US EPA's water efficiency and performance criteria. The rebate amount offered is half the cost per showerhead for a maximum rebate of $25 each, up to 4 showerheads per household. For more information and to apply, view the Application Form and submit your application online via WaterSmart.
The City currently offers a rebate on newly purchased pool or spa covers for qualifying Arcadia single-family residential water customers. Pool and spa covers keep out debris and significantly reduce water evaporation and pool chemical consumption. For more information, view the Application Form and submit your application online via WaterSmart. There is currently no deadline to apply; rebates will continue to be awarded to qualifying applicants on a first come first serve basis. Questions? Contact (626) 254-2706.
City of Arcadia water customers qualify for water-saving rebates through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Visit socalwatersmart.com to view and apply for a list of residential and commercial water saving rebates, including the Turf Replacement Rebate ($2/sq. ft.), clothes washers, irrigation controllers, sprinkler heads and more!
Programs & Services
The City of Arcadia offers free irrigation audits to its residents. Poorly functioning sprinklers and over-watered landscapes wastewater and increase the number of pollutants flowing into storm drains. To schedule, please call the City of Arcadia Public Works Services Department at (626) 254-2700.
Free Water-Efficient Devices:
Based on availability, the City offers several water-efficient devices for free to Arcadia residents: hose nozzle attachments and leak detection kits (blue dye tab for toilet leaks and informational pamphlet). Call to inquire at (626) 254-2706.
It’s now more important than ever to understand the key role landscapes play in water use efficiency. If you are looking to revamp your front or backyard, sign up for a free turf transformation class at https://greengardensgroup.com/turf-transformation/. These classes are being offered online in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Simply sign up for a scheduled time and an instructor will walk you through the process or removing turf grass, building a healthy soil sponge, and selecting the right plant palette. The class will also cover the $2 per square foot turf removal rebate offered by Metropolitan Water District on socalwatersmart.com. Additional classes and workshops will be offered by the City throughout the year. Keep an eye out for this information via WaterSmart messages, City Hot Sheet and Newsletter publications, and @ShapeArcadia on Twitter.
Free Recorded Firescaping Workshop
Helpful Water Conservation Websites
Water Conservation Legislative Update
As of April 2021, the state has entered another significant drought cycle. The City is committed to being good water stewards of our local groundwater supplies, which continue to recover slowly from the previous drought’s impact. To mitigate the current drought's inevitable impact on local supplies, the City's codified Water Conservation Ordinance remains in effect, which includes the Seasonal Watering Schedules and Water Use Prohibitions.
The Public Works Services Department will respond to all reported instances of noncompliance in regards to the prohibitions listed above. To report water violations or other conservation concerns, please leave a message on the City's Water Conservation Hotline. Please include the date, time, and address with your detailed description of the violation.
Water Conservation Hotline