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Important Announcement

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement statewide mandatory water reductions due to continuing drought conditions. The Governor's declaration can be found here: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18910

The City of Beverly Hills is currently reviewing existing programs and policies to comply with the Governor's order. This item will be discussed during the April 21, 2015 City Council Study Session. The public meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be held in City Council Chambers at City Hall. Members of the community are welcome to attend. 

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. 

Program Overview

Given the severe drought conditions, the state of California enacted emergency regulations to reduce outdoor water use and promote water conservation. Part of the state's directive requires water suppliers to take action and step up conservation efforts.

At the September 2, 2014 meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a Stage B water conservation program, which require residents to reduce water use by 10%. The Stage B program includes the state's outdoor watering restrictions and city restrictions as outlined below.

  • Prohibit washing down of driveways and sidewalks
  • Prohibit excess watering/runoff
  • Mandatory use of shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles
  • Prohibit water feature unless water is recirculated 
  • Indoor/outdoor rebate programs
  • Landscape irrigation ordinance
  • Limit outdoor water use to three times a week (see below for the watering schedule)

Rebate Program

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 and SoCal Water$mart for rain barrels. For more information, please visit:

Be Water Wise and So Cal Water $marts.

Water Tracker 

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 www.beverlyhills.org/watertracker.

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 a Water Leak

Please visit, www.beverlyhills.org/reportwaterleak 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.

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 can be about useful tips to transform your yard can be found here.

Currently, the City limits the use of artificial turf to residential backyards. The City Council reviewed this item during the November 4, 2014 Study Session. A copy of the report may be found on the City's website by clicking here: Artificial Turf Staff Report.


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: 

  • Water served upon request for restaurant use
  • Bed sheet change upon request for hotel business use
  • Bathroom towel change upon request for hote business use

If you are interested in obtaining these materials, please contact Arnetta Eason with the Public Works Services Department at 310-285-2467. 

Contact Information

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)