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☷ City of Calabasas California - Mayor Mary Sue Maurer s Letter  to  the Community 20 May 2022

☷ City of Calabasas California - Mayor Mary Sue Maurer s Letter to the Community 20 May 2022

City of Calabasas , state California
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   I wanted to take some time today to cover something near and dear to all of us:  Water .   Or lack of it .  
   By now , you have heard the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is calling for incredibly strict water cutbacks .   Starting June 1
   st
    , outdoor watering will be limited to only one day each week .   This is not just in Calabasas , but in the entire LVMWD service area , which includes Hidden Hills , Westlake Village , Agoura Hills and elsewhere .   I should also note LVMWD is not the only water district affected by this either .
   The water district says in our area , outdoor use accounts for nearly 70% of our entire water use , so cutting back outdoor use makes sense .   It is time we take this drought seriously and our lush green yards full of turf and water - guzzling plants simply don’t make sense anymore – and haven’t made sense for quite some time .  
   The way the new rules will work is , starting June 1
   st
    , outdoor watering will be limited to eight minutes per station on your irrigation system .   Eight minutes , on each station , one day per week .   If your address ends with an
   even
    number , then TUESDAY is your watering day .  
   Odd - numbered
    addresses are allowed to water on THURSDAYS .
   There are some exemptions for drip irrigation systems and hand - watering .
   Our friends at LVMWD are being put in an impossible position and are the ones who must enforce the new rules .   Remember , in this water shortage emergency , the City of Calabasas is simply a water customer , just like you .   We are working on ways to reduce our water use at City facilities and public rights - of - way .   If people choose not to cut back on water use , the water district will be forced to issue fines , and water flow - restriction devices will be installed at the meter on your property .   There is simply not enough water right now and there is no way to sugar - coat this .
   We know the problem , so what do we do about it? 
   Horticulturists will tell you there are a lot of plants – especially native plants – that use very little water , that can still look great , and bring lots of color .   The days of thinking low - water yards as nothing more than gravel and one cactus sticking out of the ground are over .   The Theodore Payne Foundation ( TPF ) has a great
   website
    that can help you navigate your local nursery and figure out which natives work best .   TPF says , ideally , you want to plant natives in the fall and winter months when it’s cooler and the occasional rain can help them get established .   Don’t plant now .   Native plants still need water – just not that much – and they prefer a deep water so their roots can grow deep into the soil .   These types of plants may also be more resistant to fire , disease , and are often far easier and less expensive to maintain .
   One program the water district offers is free recycled water .   You can find more information on the program at
   www . lvmwd . com/rwfillstation
    .   There are limits to how much recycled water you can use AND – very important – you must take a short class before you can take part—and the next class is NEXT WEDNESDAY .  
   A big issue is LVMWD is 100% reliant upon imported water .  The water district is working on something to create a
   local
    source of water called the Pure Water Project Las Virgenes – Triunfo .   The idea is to minimize dependence on water from the State Water Project – the water source that is so low right now .  The Pure Water Project will take recycled water and further purify it to at - or - above drinking water standards , so it can satisfy about 15% of the water used throughout the district .  The problem is it won’t be ready anytime soon .   It’s set to be online and ready go to in either 2028 or 2029 .    
   I mentioned it in last week’s Letter , but there was a very informative virtual town hall meeting put on by the water district on the 11
   th
    that really helped me understand the water crisis .   It lasted several hours and 2 , 000 people were in attendance online .   If you missed it , you can go to and listen at
   https://www . lvmwd . com/your - water/water - supply - conditions/townhallmeeting
    .  
   The City of Calabasas is putting together a webpage to help navigate this water emergency with an easy - to - remember URL: 
   www . Cityofcalabasas . com/water
    .   The website will change quite often as more information comes online .   Now , you’ll find some videos , and links to several other sites that can help .   Also , the water district has a good FAQ page on its website at
   https://www . lvmwd . com/your - water/water - supply - conditions/faqs
    .
   Needless to say , we’ve gone through a lot recently .   In just the past four years , we have endured a devastating fire , a mass shooting affecting our friends in Thousand Oaks , a pandemic that forced a lockdown and claimed the lives of one million Americans , and now a water emergency that’s forcing us to rethink everything we thought we knew about how we use water .   Sometimes it just seems overwhelming .   But it will get better .   Calabasas has proven many times we are a resilient community .   We will meet this latest challenge and come out stronger on the other end .   It is who we are .   It is what we do .
   Have a wonderful weekend .    
    
   Mary Sue Maurer
   Mayor
   City of Calabasas
   
   

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