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Pasadena Water & Power

  • Pasadena moved to a Level 1 Water Shortage Plan, which allows for three days of watering during summer months from April 1 - October 31 and one day a week during winter months from November 1 - March 31.

     Summer Watering Schedule 


    The following is a summary of the key components in the Water Shortage Procedures Ordinance. Click here to read or print the unabridged ordinance.

    Under a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan, following instances of water waste are prohibited:

    • Outdoor watering is restricted to three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in spring/summer (April 1- October 31); and restricted to one day a week on Saturday in fall/winter (November 1 - March 31);
    • All property owners must fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions when they find them, or within 72 hours of receiving a notice from PWP;

    The following Permanent Water Waste Prohibitions are in effect at all times:

    • No watering outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a hand-held container or hose with a shut-off nozzle, or for very short periods when adjusting a sprinkler system;
    • No watering during and within 48 hours after periods of rain;
    • No Water Flow or Runoff: Watering or irrigating any lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas in a manner that causes or allows runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited;
    • No excessive water flow or runoff onto pavement, gutters or ditches from watering or irrigating landscapes or vegetation of any kind;
    • Multifamily Properties: All master-metered Multifamily properties with four or more dwelling units are required to certify (through a process determined by the Department) that showerheads and aerators are retrofitted to meet current California Green Building Code standards
    • No washing down paved surfaces with potable water unless for safety or sanitation;
    • Fountains and water features must have a re-circulating water system;
    • Vehicles must be washed with a hand-held bucket and/or hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle (does not apply to commercial car washes);
    • Restaurants may not serve drinking water unless by patron's request;
    • Restaurants must use water-saving dish wash spray valves;
    • No installation of non-recirculating water systems at new commercial car washes and laundry systems;
    • All commercial car washes must have a re-circulating water system or secure a city waiver;
    • No Watering Turf on Public Street Medians: Watering ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water is prohibited;
    • Hotels and motels must give guests the option to decline daily bed linen and towel changes; and 
    • No installation of “single pass cooling systems” in buildings requesting new water service.

    These restrictions do not apply to the exemptions provided for in the new exemptions section of the Pasadena Municipal Code Section 13.10.037 as follows:  

    • Landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use low flow drip type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than 2 gallons of water per hour; 
    • Watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with a water shut-off nozzle or device; 
    • Watering for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system; 
    • Maintenance of trees as necessary to sustain their health and viability; 
    • Maintenance of vegetation, including fruit trees and shrubs, intended for consumption; 
    • Maintenance of landscape for fire protection; 
    • Maintenance of landscape for soil erosion control; 
    • Maintenance of plant materials identified to be rare or essential to the well-being of protected species; 
    • Maintenance of landscape within active public parks and playing fields including playing fields on school grounds and at day care centers, provided that such irrigation is for the express purpose of maintaining the landscape in a condition required for recreation playing fields and athletic events, and does not exceed 3 days per week; 
    • Establishment of newly planted drought tolerant landscape consisting of drought tolerant plants, shrubs, and/or native plants; and 
    • Actively irrigated environmental mitigation projects. 

    The city’s “Water Shortage Level” will tell you how many days per week you can water outdoors and other water use restrictions. Pasadena is currently under a Level 1 Water Shortage Plan.

    In the event that a water shortage is declared by City Council, they will also declare which of four "Water Shortage Levels" exists. The Level will indicate which other water use restrictions will take effect in addition to the permanent water waste prohibitions listed above. 

    Water Shortage Level 





    # of watering days per week*

     Apr. 1-Oct. 31  

     ONLY 3 DAYS MAX -Tues, Thurs. & Sat. ONLY   

    Nov. 1-Mar. 31 

     ONLY 1 DAY - on Sat. 

    Apr. 1-Oct. 31  

    ONLY 2 DAYS MAX Tues. & Sat. ONLY

    Nov. 1-Mar. 31 

    ONLY 1 DAY - on Sat


    Apr. 1-Oct. 31 (Summer)


    Nov. 1-Mar. 31 (Winter)

    ONLY 1 DAY - on Sat



    No Irrigation 

    Obligation to fix leaks, breaks and malfunctions 

    72 hours 

    48 hours 

    36 hours 

    24 hours 

    Additional restrictions 


    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds

    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds 

    No filling ornamental lakes or ponds; no fillings pools or spas; no new potable water service 

     * PWP, at its sole discretion, may make exceptions to these restrictions for extenuating circumstances. See PMC Sections 13.10.040 to .050 in the Water Waste Prohibition ordinance. 

    Warnings and Fines

    PWP will work closely with customers to provide helpful information and issue written warnings for first offenses. However, customers who continue to violate the ordinance will face fines for future violations. Fine amounts range from $100 to $500 and are double for non-residential customers with meters of 1 ½” or larger. Flow restrictors may also be used to achieve compliance. A customer does have the right to a hearing if a written request is received by PWP within ten (10) days of the date of notification. To request a hearing and fine waiver click here.

    See PMC Sections 13.10.065 to .095 in the Water Waste Prohibition ordinance for details on fines.  

    Documents and Additional Information

    Council Approves "Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan"(Agenda Report, April 13, 2009) 

    Water Conservation Tips and Rebates  

    Report Water Waste - please call (626) 744-7311 or submit an Online Request   



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