water-thumb1At the last regular board meeting of the Department of Water and Power, it was determined that conservation efforts would remain in place. For those DWP customers within Big Bear Lake, Sugarloaf and Fawnskin, Stage I conservation measures are in effect for the spring and summer seasons. A key component of Stage I measures is that water users are required to comply with outdoor watering on the odd/even schedule, as it corresponds to the street address. On odd days, those whose street number ends in an odd number may do outdoor watering, though before 9am or after 6pm. Those whose street address ends in an even number, such as 4, may water on even dates, such as the 4th—but, again, either before 9am or after 6pm. During conservation efforts, DWP does not allow for the washing down of sidewalks, driveways and buildings, or the hosing down of vehicles. Under Stage I, however, homeowners can add new turf for a total of up to 500 square feet of lawn and via permit available at the DWP offices on Garstin Drive. For those DWP customers within the Lake Williams area, Stage II conservation measures are in place; Stage II requirements include those in Stage I, including the odd/even watering schedule, though no new turf is allowed in Lake Williams at this time as Stage II is more stringent in terms of water use. Though not required, some other water-saving efforts, as offered by the DWP at the Earth Day celebration: take shorter showers, run the dishwasher only when full, plant drought-resistant plants, don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket, and turn off the water while you brush your teeth. For more information on conservation, as well as a xeriscape plant guide, you can visit the DWP’s website.