Gregg Roesink of Van Dike Landscape Architects at Descanso Gardens

Gregg Roesink of Van Dike Landscape Architects, contractors for the Metropolitan Water District, looks for water inefficiencies at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on Friday, April 18, 2014. Roesink will locate areas where water is not being used efficiently and will recommend water saving solutions. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / April 18, 2014)

Foothill Municipal Water District is asking local residents to practice “extraordinary” water conservation, in the wake of an executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown to intensify statewide drought response efforts.

Increasing its water conservation alert status from “green” to “yellow,” the FMWD Board of Directors asks residents to comply with Brown’s request to reduce water consumption 20% by limiting outdoor water use to twice weekly.

Should the district move to an “orange” status, it would begin allocating water to member agencies, which could mandate water restrictions and be forced to pay penalties for overuse, according to General Manager Nina Jazmadarian.

Beyond that, were the critical status “red” to be reached, the district would cease delivering water to customers except for health and safety purposes, Jazmadarian added.

For now, FMWD — which provides imported water to agencies serving La Cañada Flintridge properties, and some residents in La Crescenta — urges customers to avoid using water to clean sidewalks and driveways. They also ask residents to limit home car washing and turn off non-gray water fountains.

Commercial customers are being advised to reduce outdoor irrigation, provide water to restaurant patrons only upon request and give hotel guests the option to avoid daily towel and sheet service.

FMWD currently offers rebates toward the purchase of water-efficient devices and appliances. For more information on rebates, visit www.socalwatersmart.com.

--Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com

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