On January 18, 2022, the Glendale City Council approved Phase III of Glendale Water & Power’s (GWP) Water Conservation Ordinance to begin on February 1, 2022. Glendale and many cities in the State that rely on water from the State Water Project are moving towards increasing their Mandatory Water Conservation phases due to a lack of expected runoff amid the summer months.
Phase III of the Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance will limit outside watering to two days a week: Tuesday’s and Saturday’s for no more than 10 minutes at each watering station. The drought charge for Phase III of Mandatory Water Conservation is $0.45/HCF, which equates to about $.0006/gallon, or 60 cents for 1,000 gallons of water. The drought charge is intended to recover the portion of fixed expenses that is collected in the variable water rate. Customers who reduce their water use will either continue to receive the same bill, or have lower bills depending on how much water they conserve.
GWP’s Chief Assistant General Manager of Water, Michael De Ghetto stated, “Although we’ve received some great rain in the past few weeks, we are still technically in a drought. Moving into Phase III is mandatory to ensure we are not depleting our water reserves. The Glendale community has done an outstanding job in the past, and I have no doubt that they will come together again to ensure we are conserving as much as possible.”
Most of a customer’s water usage is used for outside landscaping. The easiest way to conserve is to curtail outdoor watering as much as possible. Customers can visit
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips:
- Use a nozzle on your hose while washing your car.
- Do not hose down driveways or walkways, use a broom instead.
- Repair leaks, replace damaged sprinkler heads, and adjust sprinklers to avoid over-spray.
- Set your lawn mower blade height at 2 or 3 inches. Longer grass blades will reduce evaporation and shade the roots.
- Use mulch under trees and plants to help retain moisture.
- Water early in the mornings or late at night.
Indoor Water Conservation Tips
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Catch the shower water in a bucket as you wait for it to warm up use this water for indoor or outdoor plants.
- Put a bowl when washing fruits and vegetables under running water. Use the water for plants.
- Take 5 minute showers
- Repair all faucet leaks
- Use faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Purchase them from our GWP Marketplace at GWPMarketplace.com
Customers who do not comply with Phase III of the Water Conservation Ordinance will receive a violation warning notice. Repeat violations can result in a fine of up to $1,000.00. Customers can anonymously report water waste by calling GWP’s water waster hotline at (818) 550-4426 or submitting an online form at www.GlendaleCA.gov/ReportWaterWaste.