City urges water conservation

DOWNEY – On March 27, the State Water Board extended its original water conservation Emergency Regulation, which took effect on July 28, 2014, and added the following new water waste prohibitions, in addition to the existing prohibitions: New Water Waste Prohibitions

No use of potable water on outdoor landscaping during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall

No serving drinking water unless requested at all eating/drinking establishments

Hotels and motels shall provide guests the option of choosing not to have towels/linens laundered daily and shall post a display of this option for its guests

Existing Water Waste Prohibitions

No potable water irrigation runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures

No washing of motor vehicles with a hose unless equipped with shut-off nozzle or similar shut-off device

No wash down of driveways and sidewalks

No use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless equipped with a recirculating system


Although the city and its residents have been successful in reducing water usage throughout Downey since the original Emergency Regulation took effect, unfortunately, the drought continues to be a serious issue in California.

As a result of this latest Emergency Regulation and further anticipated amendments resulting from the Governor’s order to the State Water Board on April 1, the city urges all water users to become part of the water conservation movement by looking closely at their water usage, and implementing measures to help conserve water.

For additional information, visit the city’s website at



Published: April 16, 2015 - Volume 14 - Issue 01