• Keep trees trimmed to reduce foliage
• Prevent erosion of soil by using mulch that does not readily float
• Clean rain gutters, swales and drainage pipes on your private property
• Lower the water level in your swimming pool prior to prediction of heavy rains to minimize overflow
• Inspect roofs, gutters, window caulking and insulation and repair if needed
• In case of electrical failure, be sure to keep flashlights and extra batteries on hand and keep utility contact numbers close by
To help alleviate flooding when heavy rains occur, consider obtaining sandbags which can be purchased at any home improvement store. Empty sandbags are available 24/7 in front of the Police Department with sand available on the empty lot, just west of the Fire Department.
Please continue to be mindful of the drought, and turn-off irrigation sprinklers when it rains and consider utilizing rain barrels for the collection of irrigation water.
For storm-related concerns, please contact the non-emergency Police Dispatch line at (310) 378-4211.
Free Rain Barrels
West Basin Municipal Water District in conjunction with the South Bay Environmental Services Center is currently providing free rain barrels. Collecting and reusing rainwater reduces the amount of water flowing into storm drains and sewers and ensures that every drop of water is being used efficiently.
To register to receive your free rain barrel, call South Bay Environmental Services at (310) 371-4633.
For more information, please click on the following web-link:
Catch the Rain & Water Savings [PDF]
Reminder: Water Use Restrictions - Sprinkler Schedules
As of June 1, 2015, all residents and businesses on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are under a State mandate to reduce water use by 36%. In order to achieve water conservation requirements resulting California's historic drought, Cal Water Service (www.calwater.com) has implemented a variety of measures. In accordance with their implementation schedule and State Mandates, sprinklers should be off for 48 hours following measurable rain and thereafter be activated according to the following irrigation/sprinkler schedule only between 6:00 p.m. at night and 8:00 a.m. in the morning:
• All Even numbered addresses in the City can utilize their irrigation/sprinkler systems on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
• All Odd numbered addresses in the City can utilize their irrigation/sprinkler systems on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
If you have questions about water use limits, requirements, appeals or the drought, please call the Cal Water Call Center at (844) 726-8579 or visit their website at https://www.calwater.com/conservation/drought/. NO-BURN ALERT: MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN
All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Wednesday, December 9, 2015, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited from midnight tonight through midnight on Wednesday night. No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area. The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper.
Fine particles in wood smoke – also known as particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses, increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
South Coast Basin residents can help reduce the harmful health effects of wood smoke by checking for no-burn alerts using one of the following options before burning wood:
- Sign-up to receive e-mail alerts via www.AirAlerts.org
- Visit www.aqmd.gov or www.aqmd.gov/healthyhearths/chk-before-you-burn for daily forecasts and for an interactive no-burn alert map
- Call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at (866) 966-3293.
SCAQMD’s ‘Check Before You Burn’ program starts each year on November 1 and runs through the last day of February. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted. For further information on the ‘Check Before You Burn’ program and alternatives to wood burning, including the gas fireplace incentive program, visit www.healthyhearths.org.
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.