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Monrovians Can Now Water Only Every Fourth Day, and More Water Rules

On July 21, 2015, the Monrovia City Council adopted Phase IV of the City’s Water Conservation Plan requiring additional water use restrictions. The regulations in Phase IV will take effect immediately due to the severity of California’s drought, while the enforcement plan and penalty structure will take effect following a 45-day educational period, ending on September 5th.

The City Council’s adoption of Phase IV includes the following elements:

  • Mandatory 28-percent water conservation for Monrovia as a whole in order to meet the reduction level mandated by the State;
  • Outdoor watering should be limited to about once per week or no more than every fourth day for a maximum of fifteen minutes per watering station or landscaped area before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. only; and
  • An enforcement plan that focuses on achieving water conservation primarily through the use of education and outreach.

The enforcement mechanism included with Phase IV restrictions includes the following six-step Enforcement Plan:

  • First violation results in a door hanger containing water conservation information.
  • Second violation results in phone or in-person Staff contact providing conservation information.
  • Third violation results in a formal written notice containing information on the fines that may be issued if additional violations occur.
  • Fourth violation may result in a $100 fine.
  • Fifth violation may result in a $200 fine.
  • Sixth or more violations may result in a $300 fine.

The City wants to emphasize that the goal is to conserve water and comply with State mandates, not to issue a high number of fines or collect more money from our residents and businesses.

Furthermore, the City Manager or his designee can issue variances for customers who have received a violation notice and have extenuating circumstances that require them to conserve less water.

Additional water conservation restrictions remain in effect, including:

  • No turf irrigation within 48 hours following measureable rain or during high winds.
  • All water leaks must be fixed within 48 hours of discovery.
  • Hoses should be equipped with a nozzle or quick relief shutoff valve.
  • No washing hard or paved surfaces with potable water except as is required for sanitary purposes.
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is part of a recirculating system.
  • No person shall permit or cause irrigation water to spray or flow to any impermeable private or public surface, including driveways, sidewalks, streets, or storm drains.

City Staff will be conducting significant outreach to the community to help raise awareness of the Phase IV mandatory regulations during the educational period, and the new penalty structure will not be enforced until September 5th.

The good news is that Monrovians are doing more than their part to conserve water in the midst of our current drought. As a community, we have been able to reduce our overall water usage levels by 34.5% in June 2015 when compared with June 2013.

As a water customer, the City reduced its water usage by 46% in May 2015 as compared with May 2013. The City is taking additional steps to use water efficiently at City facilities, including:

  • Conducting water audits at four parks within the City, namely Highway Esplanade Park, Lucinda Garcia Park, Recreation Park, and Rotary Park; and
  • Drought-tolerant landscape renovations within Julian Fisher Park, along Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia, at City Hall, and on street medians.

The Public Services Department will be hosting Water Conservation Outreach booths at the Friday Night Street Fair through September 4th. Feel free to stop by to ask questions, pick up informational materials, and win free giveaways!

For more information or to read the complete Water Conservation Ordinance, visit

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

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