Water Conservation

Why Conserve?
The City of Sierra Madre continues to meet our community’s water demands. However, drought conditions have returned and are threatening water supplies throughout the state. While our 2020 Urban Water Management Plan found that we can meet the City’s water demands to withstand five continuous years of drought conditions, conservation is the most efficient and least expensive means for our community to preserve our water supply in the long-term. Having learned from the previous 2012-2016 drought, we hope to encourage our residents to recognize water conservation as a way of life in Southern California. 

Conservation Resources:

San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
California DWR Conservation Tips
Calscape – California Native Plant Society
Theodor Payne Foundation
EPA Watersense


Water Conservation Flyer

The following uses of water are prohibited for all water department customers, whether or not a conservation phase has been declared. Violations of this section are subject to administrative citation pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 1.18:

A. There shall be no washing of sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveways, or parking areas by a water hose;

B. No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains unless such water is part of a recycling system;

C. No restaurant, café, deli, or other public place where food is sold, served or offered for sale, shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested by the customer;

D. All customers of the water department shall repair leaks in a timely manner

E. No lawn, landscaping, or other turf area shall be watered or irrigated between the hours of six a.m. and six p.m. When a conservation phase has not been declared, the city will maintain two outdoor irrigation schedules. During Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) following the first Sunday of March through the first Sunday in November no lawn, landscaping, or other turf area shall be watered or irrigated between the hours of six a.m. and six p.m. During Pacific Standard Time following the first Sunday of November through the first Sunday in March no lawn, landscaping, or other turf area shall be watered or irrigated between the hours of eight a.m. and four p.m.

F. No lawn, landscape or turf area shall be watered in a wasteful manner. Nor shall any water be wasted if the existing conditions may be corrected or reasonably modified;

G. The use of a hose to wash an automobile, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;

H. Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within forty-eight hours after measurable precipitation; and

I. Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

Additional information is available on the City’s website, or by calling the City of Sierra Madre at (626) 355-7135. Please look for water conservation information in your future water bills, in the newspaper, on the City’s website, and through the City Newsletter, The Village View.