On May 5, 2015, the Beverly Hills City Council finalized a modified version of Stage D in the City's emergency water conservation program in order to meet the state-mandated goal of a 36% reduction in water use. The new restrictions on water use go into effect next month and will include penalties for not reducing water consumption by 30% and for violations of outdoor watering restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions - Stage D Water Conservation Program (FAQ's)
On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement statewide mandatory water reductions due to continuing drought conditions. For the latest information from the State Water Board, please visit the link here: SWRCB
Please continue to check this webpage for regular updates on this item. For tips and ways to reduce water use, please review the information below.
Given the severe drought conditions, the state of California enacted emergency regulations to reduce outdoor water use to promote water conservation. Part of the state's directive requires water suppliers to take action and step up conservation efforts.
Stage D conservation measures include the following water restrictions:
Rebates for Eligible Water Efficient Devices and Turf Removal
Rebates are available for water efficient fixtures and equipment for single and multi-family residences, businesses, industry, institutions and large landscapes. All rebates are offered through the City's partnership with the Metropolitan Water District on water saving devices and appliances.
For more information, please visit: Be Water Wise and So Cal Water $marts. Please note, the rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently, all funds have been committed but they are still accepting online applications. Additional program funding may be made available as early as May 26, 2015. Please check the website regularly for updates.
Landscape and Gardening
Outdoor water use accounts for about 60-70% of overall water use. As such, one of the better ways to reduce water use is to incorporate drought tolerant landscape design and gardening techniques. Information about useful tips to transform your yard can be found here.
Currently, the City limits the use of artificial turf to residential backyards. However, the City Council is reconsidering the use of artificial turf in residential front yards and parkways given the State's drought conditions. During the May 18th Study Session, the City Council discussed artificial turf and live plant alternatives. Part of the presentation includes a discussion of various live plant alternatives. A link to the May 18th meeting can be found here: Study Session Agenda (Click item 2 on the meeting agenda).
For more useful links about drought tolerant landscaping, please check out the sites below:
This is a free program available to City of Beverly Hills water customers to track overall water use. The Water Tracker may be accessed from the City's website by going to this link: Water Tracker.
Leak Detection Program
The City utilizes an Automated Meter Reader system to track water usage for its customers. The City is able to identify leaks through this system and contacts water customers regarding potential leak issues. Water use resulting from leaks may be discounted and the City can provide assistance for those who have trouble identifying the source of the water leak.
Report Water Waste
Please visit, www.beverlyhills.org/waterwaste to report a water leak or excessive water use anywhere in the Beverly Hills service area. Once you complete the form, the City will dispatch staff to assess and repair the leak as needed.
Resources for Businesses
To assist businesses with water conservation efforts, the City has a limited number of messaging materials that are available at no-cost. These materials include tent cards for restaurants to serve water upon request, as well as bed sheet and towel change options for hotel guests. Samples of available items can be found here:
If you are interested in obtaining these materials, please contact Arnetta Eason with the Public Works Services Department at 310-285-2467.
For water billing-related issues, please contact the Utility Billing Customer Service at 310-285-2434. For information regarding any of the City's conservation programs, please contact the Public Works Customer Service at 310-285-2467.
For the latest information about the state's drought conditions, please visit: http://ca.gov/drought.
Useful Tips for Businesses and Residents to Reduce Water (Outdoors, Indoors and All Year Long)