The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is calling residents and businesses in portions of the greater Los Angeles County to suspend outdoor water use for 15 days starting on Tuesday, September 6th. During this time, the Upper Feeder, a critical imported water pipeline, will undergo emergency repairs. Because the shutdown will affect the City’s supply to change from Colorado River to State Water Project, Lomita residents are expected to eliminate outdoor water use during this 15-day time period. For more information, please visit MWD’s website. www.mwdh2o.com/projects-in-your-community/

After September 20, the City of Lomita will resume with Water Shortage Contingency Stage 2:

  • All landscape irrigation limited to no more than two (2) days per week from June 1 to Oct. 31 and no more than once per week from Nov. 1 to May 31
  • All landscape irrigation limited to no more than 10 minutes per station per watering day
  • Water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties, by using a bucket, hand-held hose with a positive shutoff nozzle, or low-volume, non-spray irrigation
  • No refilling of ornamental lakes or ponds, except to sustain aquatic life
  • Repair or isolate leaks within 48 hours of notification by the City
  • Pools or spas to have a cover to prevent evaporation
  • Cease all operations of decorative water features (fountains, ponds, etc.)
  • No landscape irrigation during or within 72 hours of a rain event
  • Commercial nurseries to use water only during the hours from midnight to 6 a.m.
  • Commercial landowners to allow tenants the option of replacing lawns and landscapes
  • No irrigation between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except city-approved drip irrigation
  • No washing sidewalks and driveways with water; no runoff allowed into streets or storm drains
  • Car washing only with a bucket or a hose with shutoff valve or nozzle; no runoff allowed into streets or storm drains
  • Excess irrigation runoff is prohibited
  • Restaurants to serve water only upon request
  • Restaurants to wash kitchen and dining room with bucket or specialized water broom only
  • Hotels/motels to provide customer option of daily laundry
  • Automobile wash business must use water recycling systems

The City maintains the ability to impose penalties for noncompliance with the restrictions provided for under the various Stages. Should the City find it necessary to move to Stages 3 of the Contingency Plan (as West Basin has), further water saving measures and restrictions would take effect.