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County adopts state’s water-waster penalties

Posted: July 22, 2014 6:34 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2014 6:34 p.m.

With state officials looking to rein in water use in the midst of California’s crippling drought, county supervisors voted Tuesday to put those state regulations in place countywide.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously to adopt water conservation regulations imposed by the state Water Resources Control Board last week.

“Eighty percent of California is suffering from extreme drought conditions with no relief in sight,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, who introduced the motion to fellow supervisors. “As the largest employer in Los Angeles County, we maintain and operate over 5,000 buildings and facilities.

“We need to ensure our house is in order and not only do our part in our unincorporated areas, but also set an example for the 88 cities in the county,” he said in a statement.

Regulations adopted by the state Water Resources Control Board include a prohibition on watering landscaping in such a way that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets; hosing down sidewalks, driveways or other hard surfaces; and washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.

Violations would be punishable by fines up to $500 a day.

“The county of Los Angeles can play an important role by reducing water use at its facilities and in assisting local water supply agencies in implementing the (State Water Resources Control Board) regulations,” reads the agenda report on the item.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Jan. 17 after a series of bone-dry years in the Golden State.
Though portions of the Santa Clarita Valley are unincorporated, most fall within the boundaries of local water retailers such as Valencia Water, Santa Clarita Water Division and Newhall County Water District.

Those agencies are preparing to formally adopt the water-conservation regulations within their boundaries, according to Steve Cole, the general manager of Newhall County Water District and the chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Committee.

“We’re going to be considering doing the same thing at an agency level, so we’re working on that right now through the staffs of basically all the water agencies in the valley,” he said.

One reason for that collaboration, according to Cole, “is to make sure whatever we do valleywide is consistent.”
Some portions of the Santa Clarita Valley receive water service from the Los Angeles County Waterworks District.

Those include portions of Val Verde and Acton.

There are roughly 1,343 service connections catering to an estimated population of 5,157 in Waterworks District No. 36 in Val Verde and 1,408 connections serving an estimated population of 6,499 in District No. 37 in Acton, according to information on the Los Angeles County Waterworks District website.

Edel Vizcarra, planning deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the county is also working with local water agencies to make sure the regulations are being put in place.

“We’ll work closely with water retailers to make sure that everybody’s on board,” Vizcarra said.
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missyJk: Posted: July 22, 2014 10:17 p.m.

so does this mean no chloride plant for awhile?

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: July 22, 2014 11:21 p.m.

The folks washing cars where I live better be aware...

I have no bones about reporting anyone washing their car every single fricken weekend...and more than one car at a time, with water paid for out of Association funds

scottinscv: Posted: July 23, 2014 10:58 a.m.

Lets look past the car washing for a minute and look at where the problem really lies. I have seen the post office mentioned here, the center medians that get over watered, I personally think that we as a community need to hold our city responsible for water waste before worrying about not washing our cars, watering our grass, or keeping our gardens going so that we can eat healthy. Now if people are washing cars without a shutoff then I agree total waste of water. but if I am watering my grass for the 3 minutes that my sprinklers come on and I have some runoff to the street because we live in an area where the dirt is clay, I cant help that!

17trillion: Posted: July 23, 2014 11:35 a.m.

Beware of water Nazis! They are outraged and they will tell on you!

thecloser: Posted: July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m.

The only people that are going to do any kind of complaining or snitching about this situation, are those with no life and the annoying middle age soccer moms around this valley. --edited.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 23, 2014 11:59 a.m.

So I had better see Bridgeport Lake run dry as well as Bridgeport shopping center, every pool in my HOA should be dry and every golf course should be BROWN. THEN I'll worry about pitching in more than I already do.

17trillion: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:55 p.m.

Get off the golf course rant Chefgirl. Mine has their own water supply UNDER THE GOLF COURSE! Didn't we already discuss this?

Unreal: Posted: July 23, 2014 1:56 p.m.

SingleMomOfOne: You are able to wash your car as long as you have a turn off nozzle on the hose so it does not just run on the ground between washing and rinsing.

The water paid by the "association" is actually included in the dues each homeowner pays. They have a perfect right to use it.

Be careful, you are very close to what 17trillion: was talking about.
A water Nazi. Oh, and watch the coffee intake. You might need to relax a little.

Unreal: Posted: July 23, 2014 1:59 p.m.

scottinscv: My lawn too has a little runoff. It is on a sloped hill too which makes it impossible not to have runoff.

FunTimeSportSharks: Posted: July 23, 2014 3:11 p.m.

Any word on if the city of Santa Clarita, county of L.A., or state of California is going to help homeowners with HOA's that are giving warnings/fines to homeowners saving water and not watering the lawn (letting the front lawn go brown) or that aren't being flexible with letting front lawns be replaced with artificial turf or pulling up the front lawn to grow drought friendly vegetation? Some HOA's are very rigid with their CC&R's about how the front yards are supposed to be landscaped.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 23, 2014 3:27 p.m.

17 and Unreal,

I doubt very much that all or even most golf courses have a stand alone water supply.

As far as the association dues, just because the water is paid for doesn't mean they should be able to waste water by filling up swimming pools that lose a ton of water from evaporation rates alone, same with Bridgeport lake, etc. The amount of water I would use to water my lawn or wash my car TOTALLY pales by comparison.

Personally, I don't care if any of these places use water or not, I just don't think the city OR state should focus on the piddly amounts used by residences while avoiding the elephant in the room which is that there are TOO many people using too many resources overall. There are too many homes being built or approved (many of them with water features) that cannot possibly meet the demand for water and infrastructure, there are too many people who need too much food that requires far too much water for the crops and so on and so forth. That's what I'm getting at. I would never be the nazi type to call and dime off people, I could care less what other people are doing at their own homes, I care what city, county, state and federal governments are doing to exacerbate the problems that they themselves are largely responsible for creating!

SReilly12: Posted: July 23, 2014 10:55 p.m.

Saw news clip today, LA has 1 Water Cop, looking to add..........some posters just might want to apply!

Up until recently our sprinklers were on 8 minutes...lots of run off, so we switched it down to run 3 times, 3 minute cycles. Still having run off problems. What are we suppose to do..........ground is rock hard and lots of us have slopped yards. They need to look at the big users - the City, Parks, freeways etc. and they shouldn't lump private citizens into one group in an effort to make it look like we are the wasters!

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