Voluntary Water Conservation Urged

As part of an effort to stem a growing water shortage in Southern California, the Inglewood City Council Tuesday urged residents to begin voluntary conservation measures.

The council passed a resolution discouraging residents from hosing off paved areas, using decorative fountains that do not recirculate water, or watering lawns between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The city’s resolution also said restaurants should not serve water unless requested, and residents should wash their cars with buckets of water or with hoses that have shut-off devices.

Inglewood’s water use has stayed roughly constant over the past five years, city officials said. They are hoping voluntary restrictions will cut water use by 10% in the next year.