On April 21, 2015, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a modified version of Stage D of the City's emergency water conservation program. The strict new water conservation measures will be implemented to meet the state-mandated goal of a 36% reduction in water use.
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
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.
During the May 5, 2015 meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council will consider instituting a Stage D water conservation program, which requires residents to reduce water use by 30%. If approved, the water use restrictions will go into effect immediately.
In the Fall of 2014, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a Stage B water conservation program, which required residents to reduce water use by 10%. The Stage B program included the state's outdoor watering restrictions and city restrictions.
Please review ways to cut back on water use below.
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 and SoCal Water$mart for rain barrels. For more information, please visit:
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. However, the City Council is reconsidering the use of artificial turf in residential front yards and parkways given the State's drought conditions. The City Council reviewed this item during the April 21, 2015 Study Session. A copy of the report can be found on the City's website by clicking here: Artificial Turf Staff Report. The City is currently evaluating live plant alternatives and synthetic turf options to reduce outdoor water use, which will be presented at a future City Council meeting.
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 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.
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)