Outdoor watering will be restricted to 2 days a week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

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Los Angeles residents will only be able to water their gardens 2 days a week.

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Outdoor watering will be restricted to 2 days a week, down from the current 3-day limitLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday in the midst of a severe drought facing Southern California.

During a news conference, held at an Eagle Rock residence, Garcetti said that the new restrictions will take effect on June 1the same day that Californians will have changes to their water usage.

The mayor expressed that the limit of 2 days of Los Angeles was more lenient than that established by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD)which instructed many of its agencies to restrict outdoor watering to once a week.

鈥淭he Angelenos have done something else. In the city of Los Angeles we have done more, so we don’t have to see the risk of plants dying or going to one day a week because of all the things that we are collectively doing,” Garcetti said.

Sprinkler irrigation will be allowed on Mondays and Fridays in the odd addresses of the metropolis, while in the even addresses it will be allowed on Thursdays and Sundays.according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

Outdoor watering will not be permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.regardless of the day allowed.

Sprinkler irrigation will remain restricted to 8 minutes per station, while sprinklers using water conserving nozzles are limited to 15 minutes.

The LADWP strongly recommends the use of pool covers to reduce evaporationin addition to the cleaning of vehicles in car wash facilities.

For the first time in its history, MWD requires restrictions to be put in place in parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Garcetti mentioned that the city’s most lenient restriction is thanks to the liquid conservation effort that Angelenos have already demonstrated.

Before Tuesday’s announcement, officials had said that two options were being considered for Los Angeles: the first, which WATER AGENCIES WOULD IMPOSE WATER QUANTITY LIMITATIONS ON RESIDENTSand a second in which the LADWP required customers to limit outdoor water use to one day a week.

From January to March of this year, California recorded the driest months in more than 100 years. All 58 counties in the state remain under a drought emergency.

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