Yellow background with blue colored text that reads Know Your Watering Days. The graphic shows a table with a row that reads Monday - Sunday and a column with Odd and Even and water drop images under certain days. Text reads " Outdoor Watering 3 Days/Week, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

The Water Conservation Response Unit (WCRU) was developed in 2014 to enforce the Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance. Our goal is to address water waste citywide. We educate residential and commercial customers about the importance of implementing conservation practices and respond to water waste complaints received from the public.


Our Water Conservation Response Unit is ready to investigate water waste reports.

Or report water waste by calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397) or using MYLA311 Online Services. Please be ready to provide the exact address, date and time, and brief description of the water waste.

Water Use Restrictions include but are not limited to:

Outdoor watering with sprinklers is restricted to three days a week with different watering days assigned to odd-numbered and even-numbered street addresses.

  • Customers with odd-numbered street addresses – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Customers with even-numbered street addresses – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Watering with sprinklers is limited to 8 minutes per station per watering day.
  • All outdoor watering is prohibited from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • No outdoor watering during rain and 48 hours after.
  • No runoff onto streets, driveways, and gutters.
  • No watering of any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.
  • Hand watering with a self-closing shut-off nozzle on the hose is permitted any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • All leaks must be repaired in a timely manner.
  • No washing vehicles without using a hose with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

Know Your Watering Days Fact Sheet

For a comprehensive list of all the prohibited uses of water, please review the Emergency Water Conservation Plan Ordinance.

Variance or Hardship Request

If under special circumstances a specific requirement of the Emergency Water Conservation Plan Ordinance would cause undue hardship to a customer’s water use, the customer may apply for a temporary variance from the requirements. For more information review the variance requirements.

LA Storm Water / Bureau of Sanitation

To report clogged catch basin or flooded streets please visit LA Stormwater.
To review guidelines for draining pools please visit Tips for Pools, Spas and Fountain Owners.


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