How much a leaky pipe could cost in Los Angeles
The leaky pipe in your Los Angeles home may be costing you extra money on your monthly water bill, but it could also incur a hefty fine from city officials.
According to information on the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s website, not repairing leaking pipes or fixtures around your home is against the law. As part of the city’s revised water conservation ordinance, leaving leaking pipes unattended is unlawful, as is a number of other water uses including washing driveways, sidewalks and other exterior surfaces, washing vehicles with non-regulating nozzles and watering lawns for extended periods of time and on non-designated days.
The LADWP Water Conservation Team regularly patrols neighborhoods to regulate the revisions to the city’s ordinance. If homeowners are found in violation, warnings will be given for the first offense. Repeat offenders are subject to fines of up to $600 that will be included on monthly water bills.
City officials say water usage has been cut by 20 percent since the ordinance went into effect in 2009. To read more about the ordinance or to find out how you can conserve water in your Los Angeles neighborhood, visit the LADWP’s website.