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The City of La Mirada receives its water from Suburban Water Systems and Golden State Water Company. These water companies are privately owned water providers, not water districts, and are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

The City’s water conservation provisions were adopted in 2009 and are consistent with Los Angeles County’s Code, Title 11. Residents may water landscaping once a day, either before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Residents may not over water and cause excess water to run off into the street. They are to keep hoses and sprinklers in good working condition and shall not leave hoses running without a flow controlling nozzle.

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Tips

Save Water Inside Your Home

Bathroom

  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of baths. Turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.
  • If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
  • Never use your toilet as a waste basket.

Kitchen and Laundry

  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
  • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
  • Use the shortest cycle and wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.

Equipment

  • Consider purchasing high-efficiency toilets, or place a plastic container filled with water in the tank of your conventional toilet. Be sure it does not interfere with operation of the toilet's flush mechanisms.
  • Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.
  • Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine.
  • Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking.

Save Water Outside Your Home

Landscape Irrigation

  • Detect and repair all leaks in your irrigation system.
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only - not the street or sidewalk.
  • Install a smart irrigation controller that has moisture sensors in its sprinkler systems.
  • Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
  • Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
  • Raise your lawn mower cutting height - longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers that are native to the climate and require less water.
  • Minimize or eliminate fertilizing, which promotes new growth needing additional watering.
  • When outdoor use of city or well water is restricted during a drought, use the water from the air conditioning condenser, dehumidifier, bath, or sink on plants or the garden. Don't use water that contains bleach, automatic-dishwashing detergent or fabric softener.

Other Outdoor Uses

  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.
  • Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • When using a hose, control the flow with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
  • Consider purchasing a new water-saving swimming pool filter.
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
  • Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water.

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