KCAL9’s Adrianna Weingold reports the City Council plans to vote on a measure Tuesday night.
John Shipman of Energy Efficiency Management Inc. says the city needs to step up in response to the state’s recent emergency regulations to help save water.
“We have to conserve water. If we don’t, we’re going to be paying a lot more for water, and we’re going to be rationed if we’re not careful,” he said.
Phase one of the mandatory restrictions include:
- No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways or park areas
- No watering or irrigating lawns or landscapes between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- No clean water for use in decorative fountains
- Property owners must fix all water leaks
- Restaurants will only be allowed to serve drinking water to customers if they ask for it
Cities like Arcadia are moving from suggesting water conservation to demanding that residents do their part to save every drop they can.
George Fasching, who has owned Faschings Car Wash on North Santa Anita Avenue for more than 37 years, says he’s cut back his business’ water use by 200,000 gallons a month just by using more recycled water.
“Now, it’s two-thirds recycled, one-third fresh,” he said. “It’s one of the things you have to do, and it’s working out fine. Cars come out just as clean, so we’ll probably stick with it forever.”