Statement by LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards Regarding Today’s Vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board on Water Allocations
|LADWP has been closely monitoring and participating in discussions by the MWD and its Board about water allocations for the coming year. As overall statewide water supply conditions have not improved, under the plan adopted by the MWD Board today, Los Angeles’ water supply from MWD will be cut by 15%.
With the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti and with our customers responding to his goal of reducing per capita water use by 20% by 2017, we are optimistic that Los Angeles can stay within our water allocation for the year ahead. However, if we fail to cut back or face an unusually hot summer for the fourth year in a row, any water that we buy above our allocated amount would cost more than double the current price.
We join the Mayor in calling all Angelenos to make a conscious effort to “Save the Drop” and help us manage our water supplies and costs in the coming year. We ask all customers to continue cutting back their water use wherever possible—water your lawn only twice a week max; cash in your lawn in favor of California Friendly landscaping; check for leaks and repair quickly; and take shorter showers. Every drop counts, and we all need to save as much water as we can with the summer still ahead of us.
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