Dino Fountains Go Dry Due To Drought

Miscellany Outdoor & Nature

California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in over 100 years. The time is now to start conserving valuable H2O.

That’s why the Third Street Promenade’s iconic dinosaur fountains, favorite landmarks for visitors to pose next to for the obligatory family photo, have gone bone -dry over the last week or so. While the fountains pull from a pool of recycled water, those in charge of Downtown decided it was best to shut off the water, using the fountains as a visual reminder that California is parched and we all need to do our part to conserve water during this drought.

“The drought is a serious threat and we must be careful about every drop of water we use,” said Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the public, private nonprofit that manages programs and promotes Downtown on behalf of the City. “We have eliminated pressure washing in the parking structure, replacing that with methods that use far less water, and hope shutting down the fountains can serve as an effective public service message. Every little bit helps.”

The drought is so bad that the loss of groundwater, as well as surface water such as reservoirs, has actually lifted the West an average of one-sixth of an inch since 2013. Wild!


It’s a fact like that which recently led the Santa Monica City Council to enact water use restrictions with the goal of cutting water use in the Bay City by 20 percent. That means only watering lawns for brief periods and big fines for failing to follow the rules.

Here’s what the law says:

  1. No watering of lawns or landscapes between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on any day; exception for drip irrigation, maintenance, hand watering.
  2. No runoff is permitted from irrigation into streets, alleys, driveways, sidewalks or storm drains at any time.
  3. No hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios, alleys, parking areas or other “hardscapes.”
  4. Water must not be used to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or displays unless a recycling system is used.
  5. Swimming pools must not be filled or emptied unless it is a first filling of a new pool, or necessary leak repair work is being performed.
  6. Water leaks from exterior or interior plumbing must be repaired immediately.
  7. No washing of vehicles of any kind except with a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle. No runoff permitted.
  8. Restaurants must serve water only upon request.

For more information on how to save water, click here

To report a violation, email code.compliance@smgov.net  or call 310-458-4984.