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SMMC: 7.16.020

  1. No watering of lawns or landscapes between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on any day exception for drip irrigation, maintenance, hand watering.
  2. No runoff is permitted from irrigation into streets, alleys, driveways, sidewalks or storm drains at any time.
  3. No hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios, alleys, parking areas or other “hardscapes.”
  4. Water must not be used to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or displays unless a recycling system is used.
  5. Swimming pools must not be filled or emptied unless it is a first filling of a new pool, or necessary leak repair work is being performed.
  6. Water leaks from exterior or interior plumbing must be repaired immediately.
  7. No washing of vehicles of any kind except with a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle. No runoff permitted.
  8. Restaurants must serve water only upon request.

To report a violation, email  or call 310-458-4984.

What is the Penalty for Violating this Ordinance?

A $250 fine may be imposed for the first offense. Subsequent violations receive higher fines.

How Does the City Check for Violations?

On April 1, 2003, the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) began enforcement of the “No Water Waste” Ordinance by patrolling the City. Staff will try to take a photo of the violation as it is occurring.  Often times concerned residents and business owners, call or email us to report violations. In those instances, staff will respond as quickly as possible by visiting the site.

How Does the City Respond to Violations?

After witnessing the violation(s), staff will send a pending violation letter and photo, if applicable, to the water account customer listed at the property where the violation(s) took place. The letter states the violation(s) and actions to take to correct it/them. Informational letters are mailed to water account customers if a potential violation is reported by concerned residents, visitors or businesses.

What Do I Do if I Get a Violation Letter?

Follow the corrective actions. When corrected, please call the staff person that issued the letter and let him/her know that you’ve complied.

Who Do I Call If I Have Questions or To Report A Violation?

Please call 310-458-4984. After business hours, please call the Pollution Prevention Hotline at 310-458-8945.
Last updated: Tuesday, 04/14/2015
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