LOS ANGELES, CA – Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl on moving forward with urban water conservation measures and assistance in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

On July 27, 2021, and March 1, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted two motions, introduced by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl in response to the drought conditions. In response to the July 27, 2021 motion, the County’s Chief Sustainability Office submitted a report providing recommendations to reduce unnecessary water usage in support of community health and sustainability goals, focused on non-recreational landscaping, County buildings, recreational facilities, investments in software data collection and tracking, and community policies to support long-term water conservation. In response to the March 1, 2022 motion, the Chief Sustainability Office submitted a new Board Policy No. 3.047- Water Conservation to demonstrate the County’s commitment to ensuring that water is
used efficiently at County facilities and that water uses are prioritized based on
alignment with County sustainability goals.

“For a third consecutive year in California and LA County, we are faced with severe drought conditions and the widespread impacts it has had on our communities, the environment, and the economy,” said Supervisor Solis. “Drought cycles have become more pronounced and frequent as climate change intensifies, putting a strain on our water supply, treatment systems, and also other infrastructure that rely on water – including power plants and parks. To that end, LA County has a responsibility to help mitigate the crisis we’re experiencing. I’m proud of my motion which adopts a new Board Policy setting limits on how water is used at County facilities and puts us on a path to establish requirements on high water use applications such as irrigation, to reduce water demand.”

The motion approved yesterday adopts Board Policy No. 3047 – Water Conservation as well as the following recommendations:

  • Direct Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Internal Services Department to explore state and federal funding as well as programs available through local water agencies such as the Metropolitan Water District to support turf removal and replacement and other water efficiency upgrades.
  • Instruct all County Departments that manage landscaping contracts to report back in writing within six months with identification and quantification of non-functional turf areas in their facilities and a prioritized plan for replanting these areas consistent with the requirements in the new Board Policy.

The motion further adopts recommendations from the report and introduces new directives to explore recommendations for updating the County’s 2014 water conservation ordinance with permanent water conservation measures for outdoor water use in unincorporated areas as well as support turf removal, replacement, and other water efficiency upgrades for County residents.

To view the motion approved yesterday, click here.

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