mr. silva says the city is trying to educate people to save more water. for example, people with houses that have even street numbers are told they can water tuesday, thursday and sunday. people whose houses have odd numbers can water monday, wednesday and friday. but nobody can use watering systems between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or on saturdays.
mr. silva says most people are responsive, once they learn the law.
the city also advises a long-term solution. it suggests homeowners replace their grassy lawns with plants that can live a long time without moisture. the water cop says los angeles will pay people three dollars for each square foot, or one tenth of a square meter, that they remove.
this offer has caused some homeowners to put in plants that grow naturally in the mild climate of los angeles. these varieties include cleveland sage, california redbud, california poppy or deer grass.
rick silva notes that the city has placed a model landscape in a public park. this design of greenery is meant to show people what can be done with special plants instead of grass.
"you see, some of them are flowering now."
los angeles reservoirs still has enough water to supply the city. but reservoirs in other parts of the state are at levels far below normal. and the mountain snowpack in the sierra nevada mountains measured 20 percent below normal in may. the mountain snowpack, mountain snow that melts during the summer, provides much of the city's water.
i'm bob doughty.
this story is based on report by mike o'sullivan; adapted by jeri watson and edited by mario ritter.