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City addresses drought

Staff Report
10:04 pm PDT July 14, 2014

On Jan. 17 of this year, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in California as the State faces the least amount of rainfall in its 163-year history. California’s water supply is fragile, and the possibility of prolonged drought must be considered. Malibu depends entirely upon imported supplies for its drinking water. Therefore, it is important to use water efficiently.

The City of Malibu has adopted the following policies:

• Irrigation is prohibited from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Owners of any indoor or outdoor plumbing fixture shall not permit water to leak from such fixture.

• Irrigation may not run off to streets, gutters or adjacent properties. 

• A trigger nozzle is required on hoses used for home car washing.

• The washing down of sidewalks, parking areas and driveways is not permitted.

• It is only permitted to fill any swimming pool, wading pool or spa by adding water to top off.

• Potable water — unless it is part of a recycling system — should not be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in ponds, decorative fountains or artificial lakes.

• Restaurants, hotels and cafes shall only serve drinking water upon request.

Water conservation rebates are also available at www.malibucity.org/rebates.