City of Malibu Publishes Water Conservation Policies

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The City of Malibu has released revised water use policies, following the announcement of a drought emergency by California Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 17.

The guidelines have been set in place to help conserve water and use water more efficiently, as Malibu, according to the city’s website, depends on imported water for almost all of its drinking water.

The policies put forth by the City of Malibu are encouraged but not mandatory.

The policies are as follows:

-Irrigation is prohibited during daylight hours, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

-Plumbing fixtures should be fixed of any leaks; owners of indoor and outdoor fixtures should not permit water leakage.

-Limit irrigation so that it does not run off into streets, gutters or adjacent properties.

-Hoses used for home car washes must have trigger nozzles.

-Washing down sidewalks, parking areas and driveways is not permitted.

-Pools and spas may not be emptied and refilled with water; only topping off is permitted.

-Drinking water may not be used to refill ponds, fountains or artificial lakes.

-Drinking water may only be served at restaurants, hotels and cafes upon customer request.

According to the city, the goal of these conservation policies is to reduce dependence on imported water throughout the Los Angeles coastal area. More details can be found on the city’s website.