SAN DIEGO (August 5, 2022) - As drought conditions continue to affect communities across the state, California American Water announced it will be stepping enforcement of its water shortage rules by implementing water waste patrols. The increased monitoring reflects ongoing drought conditions and a need to further curtail water consumption during the dry summer months.

Patrols will begin on Monday, August 8, 2022, throughout the company’s Los Angeles County and Ventura County Districts. California American Water is partnering with Green Media Creations, Inc., and their employees will be in co-branded vehicles and will carry their company identification. The patrols will monitor for prohibited irrigation such as watering on non-designated days, overwatering, overspray and hosing down hard surfaces like driveways.

“The purpose of our water waste patrols is not to punish or shame over-watering,” said Jessica Taylor, Southern California Director of Operations. “This is yet another tool we can use to educate customers on up-to-date watering schedules and incentivize further conservation. We want to help our customers do the right thing and will provide resources and tools that can assist them.”

First time violators will receive a warning and will be prescribed corrective measures. California American Water will work with these customers to educate them about the drought and the associated water use restrictions. Continued violations may result in fines.

California American Water is calling on all consumers to immediately reduce their water use and follow their District’ watering schedule as outlined below.


Ventura County District

Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Camarillo Customers

  • One-Day-A-Week
    • Residential Odd Address (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Saturday
    • Residential Even Address (Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0): Sunday
    • Non-residential (including multi-family apartments, retail and commercial properties, churches, schools, and parks): Wednesday
    • No Watering Monday through Friday for Residential Properties


El Rio Customers

  • Two-Days-A-Week
    • Odd Address (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday and Saturday
    • Even Address (Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0): Thursday and Sunday
    • No Watering Monday, Wednesday, or Friday


Los Angeles County District

  • Two-Days-A-Week
    • Odd Address (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday and Saturday
    • Even Address (Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0): Thursday and Sunday
    • No watering on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday


For All Districts

  • To avoid evaporation, we recommend customers please water outdoors before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
  • Watering is limited to a total of 10 minutes per station per allowed day
  • Hand watering with a garden hose/nozzle and Low-flow irrigation systems (Including drip irrigation and micro spray) that emit less than two gallons per hour are exempt from day of week and time limitation except for irrigation of turf
  • Residential turf grass irrigation (irrigation timer or garden hose) only permissible on allowed watering day
  • Commercial customers are prohibited from irrigating non-functional turf


California American Water is working with customers to identify water waste in our service areas and help conserve our precious resource.  Customers can report water waste activities and find additional information by visiting their local conservation webpage.  Ventura County District customers can visit Ventura ( and Los Angeles County District customers can visit Los Angeles (

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more than 725,000 people. Information regarding California American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Brian Barreto

Southern California External Affairs Manager