Water conservation urged for Southern California

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  (AP Photo)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles water department officials urged residents Friday to conserve water this summer with record low water deliveries from the Los Angeles Aqueduct and a greater than normal reliance on purchased water being projected for the upcoming year.

“More conservation will reduce our imported water purchases and save our customers money — it can make a serious difference,” Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols said.

A second straight dry winter with scarce rainfall and snow-pack in the eastern and northern Sierras means water supplies will be especially limited this year, DWP officials said.

James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager of the DWP Water System, called the conditions this summer a “perfect storm without water.”

“Our customers’ water conservation efforts are critical to helping us manage this year’s extremely low water supplies,” he said.

Water customers are being told to stick with the city’s required three- times-a-week outdoor watering schedule. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are reserved for homes with odd-numbered street addresses, while customers living at even-numbered addresses can only use their sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Sprinklers systems cannot be turned on between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Officials reminded customers they are also offering $2 a square foot for every piece of residential lawn that gets replaced with water-efficient plants and landscaping — such as succulents, ground-cover and decomposed granite —  as part of the California Friendly Landscape Incentive Program. Commercial water customers can get $1 a square foot for making the switch.

About 40 percent of water consumption in Los Angeles happens outdoors, officials said.

More information about DWP’s water conservation and rebate programs can be found at http://www.LADWP.com/WC

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