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Storm Safety Tips & 48-Hour Restriction on Irrigation After Measurable Rainfall Reminder

Post Date:12/16/2016 12:33 PM

48-Hour Restriction on Irrigation After Measurable Rainfall Reminder

In response to Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order to reduce water use during this historic drought, Cal Water adopted its “Schedule 14.1: Water Shortage Contingency Plan," which implemented water budgets for customers.

In instances of measurable rain, customers are PROHIBITED from applying water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.

How is measurable rainfall defined?

The emergency regulation prohibits "the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall." Individuals will need to exercise discretion and reasonable judgment to determine whether a specific precipitation event triggers the prohibition. At a minimum, any amount of rainfall that generates run-off or puddles should be considered measurable.

If you need assistance with appeals, waste of water reports, or other drought-related issues, contact Cal Water at (310) 257-1400.

For more information, please view CalWater's educational materials at


Despite the continuing drought, winter storms can bring danger of mud and debris flows in steep hillside areas. Being prepared is your best defense. Know your property’s risk factors and maintain clear drainage paths. Use sandbags to direct runoff and protect structures. Residents must prevent mud and debris runoff onto City streets and storm drains.

Sand and sandbags are available to residents at the sandbag station located next to the Fire Department at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West (west side of City Hall). If residents need more than 10-15 bags, please make arrangements with a home supply store.

Simple Ways to Prepare

  • Create an emergency kit, today! If you already have an emergency kit prepared, review it regularly.
  • Check your car. Make sure your car’s tires have good tread and that your windshield wipers work well. Your headlights should always be on in the rain!
  • Check your house. Clear your outdoor drains and gutters of any leaves, dirt or debris. Secure trash, recycling bins and any other items that have the potential of blowing or floating away. Weakened trees should be inspected by an arborist.
  • Use sandbags. Sandbags can be utilized to help protect your home and property before a storm.
  • Don’t risk your life. During significant storm events, avoid waterways, flood control channels and the ocean, which can all rapidly swell and become extremely dangerous. NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area!
  • Have Emergency Alerts sent to your mobile phone and email. Register for the City’s e-Notifications by visiting its website ( and the Police Department’s Nixle text alerts by texting your zip code to 888777.
  • Report storm-related problems to the Public Works Department online ( or by calling (310) 378-0383.
  • Prevent stormwater pollution. Rain washes everything into storm drains that lead to our rivers and ocean. Secure household hazardous waste with tight-fitting lids and store these items in covered areas.
  • Capture rainwater. Prepare your landscaped areas to capture and retain more water by using compost. Collect rain that falls on your roof by installing rain barrels.
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