Suggestions will include avoiding watering when it’s hottest and on windy days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; installing drought-tolerant landscaping; and shutting off decorative fountains unless a water recycling system is used. Also, installing pool and spa covers to minimize water loss; retrofitting indoor plumbing fixtures with low-flow devices; and repairing leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures. Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks and other paved surfaces, except for heatlh or sanitary reasons, the district says. If you operate a restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, or other public place where food is served, serve drinking water only on request, the district urges. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rainfall since July 1 has measured only 0.65 of an inch in Palmdale and 1.4 inches in Lancaster, according to the National Weather Service. Normal for both cities for the same time period is more than 7 inches. Palmdale’s driest time was 1.9 inches in 1960-61; for Lancaster, 1.89 inches in 1989-90, weather officials said. The water district has had success with voluntary conservation in the past. In 1991, the State Water Project delivered only 10 percent of the amount of water Palmdale had requested. In that year, a voluntary conservation effort reduced usage by 20 percent, and mandatory conservation measures were avoided. About 50 percent of the district’s water comes from the State Water Project. LaMoreaux said the district will send notices out to customers with tips on how to conserve water. PALMDALE – In a year that has seen little rainfall, the Palmdale Water District is starting a voluntary water conservation program. The district wants its customers to cut consumption by 15 percent, which would save about 4,000 acre-feet of water, enough to supply about 4,000 families for a year. “It’s due to the weather conditions this year. Being a dry year, the allocation of the State Water Project is at 60 percent of requests,” district General Manager Dennis LaMoreaux said. “Here locally, it’s been especially dry. One of our other sources of water is Littlerock Reservoir, which has received no runoff this year.” The district has only twice before adopted voluntary conservation plans, in 1991 and in 2001.