Conservation & Education
On July 8, 2021, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that declares the entire state to be in drought and called on all Californians to reduce water use by at least 15 percent to help protect water resources.
A drought emergency has been declared for 41 counties which are predominantly located in Northern California. While Los Angeles county is currently not included among the counties in a drought emergency, the statewide drought will reduce the amount of water that can be exported to Southern California. The San Gabriel Valley relies on this imported water to supplement its limited supplies.
Monterey Park City Council is considering an ordinance that will allow the city to declare various stages of drought emergency and to enforce additional water conservation measures as necessary based on the severity of the drought. The proposed ordinance is available from this link.
The new ordinance reiterates existing water conservation regulations such as prohibiting hosing down or washing down sidewalks or driveways, washing vehicles with a running hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle, and requiring leaking sprinklers and plumbing fixtures to be repaired as soon as possible (Chapter 14.08). However under the new ordinance, fines for violations would be increased substantially: $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second, and $500 for each additional violation.
The State is promoting conservation through their Save our Water campaign. The website provides tips and guides on how to conserve water. More information on drought conditions can be found at the State's drought website.
The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District provides rebates for water conservation appliances and equipment. Visit their website for more information on these rebates. More information on water conservation is available from the District's videos on YouTube.