ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) — Arcadia has introduced new water restrictions amid California’s ongoing drought and plans to have those restrictions take effect mid-May.

The new restrictions introduced Tuesday night include limiting lawn watering to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and prohibiting watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The city manager says first-time offenders will receive a written warning but repeat offenders can face fines of up to $500.

Ed Anderson, an Arcadia resident, said several of his neighbors may be unaware of the new mandatory water conservation rules which the state imposed 10 days ago.

Part of the statewide restrictions include a prohibition on watering lawns for 48 hours after measurable rain.

“I woke up this morning and I heard the sprinkler go off and I ran out to shut off the system,” Anderson said.

Another Arcadia resident Stephen Hodgson has reduced his watering to just two days a week.

“You see the hose in the front yard and the reason for that is I’m just trying to do hand watering,” he said.

Because a variety of languages are spoken in Arcadia, City Hall this summer plans to distribute fliers in Mandarin and use a Chinese social media campaign to educate neighbors.

The new rules for Arcadia will go into effect next month.

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