Drought Information

LCF Drought Information Page


The City of La Cañada Flintridge has established a drought information webpage as a resource for the community. While the City is not in the business of providing water services, the City does seek to inform residents about the importance of conserving water during this time of epic drought.


LCF Water Services Overview

Unlike some cities, residential and commercial water services are not provided by the City of La Cañada Flintridge. Instead, water services are provided by the following retail water agencies:

 Mesa Crest Water Company

(818) 790-2071

 Valley Water Company


(818) 790-5516

 La Cañada Irrigation District


(818) 790-6749

 Crescenta Valley Water District


(818) 248-3925


Map of LCF Water Service Areas:

 Each of these water retailers purchases water from the Foothill Municipal Water District. Foothill Municipal Water District imports water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. While most water retailers in LCF pump groundwater, they must also purchase imported water from Foothill Municipal Water District to meet demand.

 Foothill Municipal Water District



Drought Information

California is in the midst of a historic drought. Various government agencies have ramped up their efforts to conserve water.

 In April 2015, Governor Brown issued California’s first ever statewide mandatory water restrictions. This action came a little more than a year after the Governor declared a State of Emergency because of the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board has recently passed regulations that seek to achieve the conservation goal set by the Governor and specifically outlined water use reduction goals for water retailers. The following outlines the reductions that have been required of the water retailers that service LCF residents and businesses*:

 Valley Water: 36%

Crescenta Valley Water District: 20%

La Cañada Irrigation District: 25%

Mesa Crest Water Company 25%

 *Note conservation is measured in comparison to water usage per month to 2013 levels.

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State Prohibited Water Use Activities

Statewide regulations are in effect to help conserve water during this drought including the following prohibited activities:

·         Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways;

·         Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water;

·         Using hoses without a shutoff nozzles to wash cars;

·         Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water;

·         Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall;

·         Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;

·         Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or microspray systems; and

·         Restaurants serving water to their customers unless the customer requests it.

Additionally, hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily, and prominently display this option in each guest room.

 Enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of individual water districts. Contact your water provider to learn more about their enforcement policies.

What has the City Done?

The City of La Cañada Flintridge is leading by example:

 ·         Through the installation of smart water controllers, retrofitted sprinkler heads, a reduced irrigation schedule, and installation of drip systems, the City has proactively reduced water use in City controlled landscape areas such as medians and joint use field facilities. To date, 77% of all City maintained irrigation controllers have been retrofitted to smart water controllers. 

·         Over the last year, the City has incrementally reduced the number of watering days at City controlled landscape areas from seven to two days per week.

·         From March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015, the City has reduced water usage in City controlled landscape areas by 25.8% over the same period from the year before, saving 6.5 million gallons of water.

·         The City has taken immediate action to comply with new State drought regulations. Since the Governor issued his executive order at the beginning of April, all irrigation to City medians with ornamental turf has been turned OFF. The City has also stopped scheduled weekly washings at City maintained tennis courts. Residents should expect to see brown medians and dusty courts until the drought is over.

·         The City is purchasing tertiary treated wastewater (recycled water) for irrigating street median landscaping.

·         The City is taking permanent steps to reduce water use. For example, landscaping at the new Caltrans overpass parking lot is 100% California native and drought tolerant. The City is selecting native and/or drought tolerant plants for landscaping materials in all new or landscape renovation projects.

·         Though not a water supplier, the City remains vigilant in reminding residents to conserve water with social media postings, press releases, and articles in the LCF Vista appearing regularly.

·         The City of La Cañada Flintridge has formed a Water Committee to ensure proactive drought measures are taken and a unified message is delivered to the community about water use efficiency and conservation.  

What can residents and businesses do to save water?


·         Wash your car with a bucket and a sponge, using a hose with a self-closing nozzle. Even better, wash your car at a car wash that recycles water.

·         Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool.

·         Check your irrigation system regularly to catch leaks early, and adjust sprinklers as needed to eliminate overspray.

·         Limit outdoor watering to two days per week. Water longer and less frequently to create healthier landscape. Always water early in the morning or later in the evening.

·         Replace your sprinkler irrigation system with a drip irrigation system and plant drought tolerant plant species.

·         Request a free landscape survey from your local water supplier. Landscape surveys are available through the Metropolitan WaterDistrict.

To qualify, properties must have a minimum of one acre of irrigated area.  Eligible landscapes include commercial and industrial sites, homeowner association common areas, and institutional sites like schools, parks and government facilities.


·         When you wash dishes by hand, fill a basin to soak the dishes rather than just letting the water run.

·         Install an energy and water-efficient dishwasher, high efficiency toilets and high efficiency clothes washer.

·         If you drop an ice cube, don’t throw it in the sink, put it in a houseplant.

·         Master the five-minute shower! You can also save water by installing a low flow showerhead.

·         Turn the water off while you wash your hands and brush your teeth.

Rebates are Available to Support Your Water Conservation Efforts

Money saving rebates are available through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to incentivize the installation of water conserving fixtures. Click here for information on applying for and collecting rebates

NOTE: As of July 13, 2015, due to popular demand for water conservation rebate funds, many of the rebates below may no longer be available. Please check with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California website for more information.


Rebates Include:

Indoor Water Saving Rebates

High-Efficiency Toilets (Tank-Type)           $100.00

Click here for a qualifying list

High-Efficiency Clothes Washers*               $85.00

Click here for a qualifying list


Outdoor Water Saving Rebates

Smart Irrigation Controllers

$80.00 per controller for less than one acre

$35.00 per station for areas larger than one acre

Click here for a qualifying list


Soil Measure Sensor System

$80.00 per controller for less than one acre

$35.00 per station for areas larger than one acre

Click here for a qualifying list

 Rain Barrels


Click here for information on Rain Barrels

 Rotating Nozzles for Pop-up Spray Heads

$4.00 per nozzle (minimum of 15)

Click here for a qualifying list

Removal of Irrigated Turf*

$2.00 per square foot of irrigated turf removed and replaced with drought-tolerant plants or other approved landscape options

Turf Removal Link for non Crescenta Valley Water Customers

Turf Removal Link for Crescenta Valley Water Customers

 Click here to apply for your rebates

 There may be more rebates available, click here to learn more

 *Please note that customers of Crescenta Valley Water District are eligible for higher rebates for clothes washers and turf removal, visit www.cvwd.com for more information or click here

 Before beginning a turf removal project please contact the City for landscape standards (818) 790-8881.

Fire and Landslide Risk in the Drought

As residents are being asked to significantly cut back on outdoor water use, members of the community may be concerned about the impact of not watering plants on slopes. Not irrigating plants on slopes could either create a fire risk due to dry vegetation or create a slide risk in the winter if the root systems of dead plants don’t hold the hillside together. It is important to note that the City recognizes the importance of fire safety and is in no way advocating that all landscape be allowed to die, creating a fire or landslide hazard.

By following the Los Angeles County Fire Authority’s Brush Clearance Requirements and maintaining responsible, drought tolerant landscape, residents can remain vigilant about their water use and hillside safety at the same time.