Thursday is Wednesday, 'Permanently' – Got That?

Posted by Dave Fratello on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 6:05pm.

It may be fair to say that confusion reigns in regard to some parts of the city's new water restrictions.

Starting at the city.

It's hard to believe, but the city takes the position that Thursday morning is actually Wednesday. And Sunday morning is actually Saturday.

Hunh?

In an ongoing process of "clarification," the city is now saying that the 2 permitted landscape watering periods begin at 6pm on a given evening (Weds. or Sat.) and continue for 15 hours henceforth.

So your Wednesday evening watering period rolls over till Thursday morning, and likewise with the Saturday watering period, which continues through Sunday.

You'll have to forgive residents who did not glean this schedule from the fliers sent to homes or the updates posted on the city website. They implied that no water was to run onto MB landscapes at all on any Thursday or Sunday – on pain of citations and misdemeanor charges.

Fliers sent to homes said:
STAGE 2 WATERING HOURS (IRRIGATION): WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY ONLY

WEDNESDAYS FOR 15 MINUTES MAX BETWEEN 6:00PM - 9:00AM

SATURDAYS FOR 15 MINUTES MAX BETWEEN 6:00PM - 9:00AM
OK, we got that – water only on Weds. or Sat. You're watering in the morning, it's Weds. or Sat. You're watering in the evening, also Weds. or Sat.

The city's website attempted to clarify matters by laying out a clear day-by-day schedule. (Image captured from city website Thursday, July 17; click to enlarge.) In relevant part, it said:
Wednesday: Watering allowed between 6:00PM - 9:00AM for ONLY 15 MINUTES

Thursday: Watering landscape NOT PERMITTED
And the same language went for Saturday and Sunday.

This appeared to clarify the fact that Wednesday and Saturday were the days you could run your landscape watering. Thursday? Sunday? No-no.

WRONG.

The actual policy of the city is, as we said above, that a 15-hour landscape watering period begins at 6pm Weds. and Sat., and continues till the next day. Indeed, the majority of those 15 hours (9 out of 15) occur on the next day.

It is legal to water Thursday and Sunday morning – in fact, it is required. Watering in the morning on Weds. or Sat. would be a violation.

Your blog author has to 'fess to total confusion on this. Upon receiving the initial notice in the mail, it seemed that the city was trying, inartfully, to say that the watering window opened Weds. night and continued through Thursday. We then set the landscaping timers to run Thurs. morn. and Sun. morn.

Later, the seemingly strong language about no watering on Thursday or Sunday had us change the timing to Weds. morn. and Sat. morn. Now we've had to go change them back.

These are the new "permanent behaviors." The confusion will dissipate and we'll all laugh when we look back, right?

Anything else you need to clarify? Call the Public Works Department at (310) 802-5304, and please post your questions and their answers here.
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