Wednesday, October 22, 2008



With dry weather conditions continuing to put pressure on the City's water supply, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today kicked-off the City's latest effort to raise awareness about the continuing need for water conservation by re-launching Drought Busters: LA's Conservation Team after a thirteen hiatus since the end of the severe drought of the early 1990s.  The Mayor highlighted other efforts that are underway at the City to reduce water use and explained the importance of educating the community to help prevent water waste. 

"LA is bringing back the Drought Busters to remind residents to stop wasting water and to make conservation a part of our daily routines," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "This effort engages the community directly by educating every Angeleno on the need to conserve and by empowering residents to report any water waste in their neighborhoods."

The Drought Busters team will initially consist of six full-time customer service employees who will patrol communities across the City looking for prohibited uses of water and educating customers about the importance of practicing conservation.

The City of Los Angeles' Prohibited Water Use Ordinance is in effect to discourage water waste throughout the City.  However, this phase of the Drought Busters program is focused on education and raising awareness about the prohibited uses and the need for water conservation.  Should dry conditions persist, here and in the Eastern Sierras where Los Angeles typically gets the majority of its water, the City is prepared to significantly increase Drought Buster staffing and actively enforce the prohibited uses.

According to Los Angeles' Prohibited Water Use Ordinance, customers cannot:  

·        --Use water on hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking areas.

·        --Water lawns between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during April through September, and between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. during October through March.

·        --Allow excess water from sprinklers to flood gutters.

·        --Use water to clean, fill or maintain decorative fountains unless the water is part of a recirculation system.

·        --Allow leaks to go unattended.

The Drought Busters Conservation Team will be out in the community as part of a grass roots effort to help City residents understand how to reduce water waste.  The Drought Busters will drive Toyota Hybrid Prius vehicles clearly identified with the Drought Busters logo.  They will carry forms on which they can indicate the prohibited water use offense that they will give to the offending property owner or occupant found to be wasting water. The back of the form will also list simple conservation tips.  When customers are not at home, the Drought Buster will photograph the water-wasting offense and mail it along with the completed form to the customer's home. 

As Drought Busters patrol the streets, they will have available conservation information and devices such as literature, low flow shower heads, and faucet aerators. They will also respond to reports of water waste called in to the LADWP call center at 1-800-DIAL-DWP or emailed

The Drought Busters made their debut in Los Angeles in 1990, when the City faced drought conditions.  Due to a mandatory conservation effort, the Drought Busters were a means for the City to enforce the Prohibited Water Use Ordinance.  The overall program was very successful and resulted in a 34 percent decrease in water usage.

The LADWP offers many rebates and incentives to residents and business owners to help conserve water.  For more information on these rebates, please visit

Thank you for your cooperation. 


Paulette M. DuBey

General Manager

Bel-Air Association

100 Bel-Air Road

LA, CA 90077



Anonymous said...

I have outfitted my home with water conserving products, long before any of this happened. It just makes sense! The showerheads and faucet aerators feel the same as regular ones, so there's no compromising. I got mine here but you may be able to get some at your local hardware store.

Chris H. said...

Great ideas! I also put a water pressure regulator at the street water line connection so every time the gardener turn on the hose - a geyser does not spew forth.