Supply of water for city to be cut
With assumptions California is headed toward a fourth year of drought, the state Department of Water Resources announced Tuesday that it will only supply local communities with 5 percent of the water they requested for next year.
The DWR's State Water Project is one of several major suppliers of Los Angeles water. City officials said because they have other sources they aren't ready yet to announce stricter conservation measures beyond those announced in the past year, but they are monitoring the situation carefully.
State and local officials said the announcement highlights the need for the public to continue making voluntary reductions in water usage.
"We have to prepare for the worst and hope we are able to see more precipitation later this year," DWR Director Lester Snow said in a conference call Tuesday.
The DWR is one of two major suppliers to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides about 53 percent of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's water.
DWP officials said they do not expect any further changes beyond the Phase Three requirements - allowing sprinklers to operate between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays - implemented in the past year.
There are no plans to ask for even more restrictive watering measures, he added. Any changes would have to be approved by the board of Water and Power Commissioners and the City Council.
Many of the MWD's member agencies, such as the DWP, have gone to mandatory conservation programs.
Snow said the state is going to have expand all conservation programs, including water recycling. State officials recently traveled to Australia to look at programs that nation has put into effect as it grapples with continuing drought.
"There are efforts to reignite the aquifers," Snow said. "There are a lot of things going on there that we can be doing here."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who worked out an $11.1 billion bond issue for next November's ballot to deal with water problems, said the announcement underscores the state's water problems.
"This is further evidence that severe drought coupled with population growth* has made it essential that we better store and move our fresh water throughout the state," Schwarzenegger said. [City Council keeps approving high density allowing this population growth in this city, when the TOP issue I have mentioned relentlessly is that we do not have the water to accommodate the density you are creating. YOU ARE SO DUMB!]
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ZD'S "BEST WISHES TO UNCLE NUCH" TWEET: Oh no, he got sick over the weekend. Must love the guy, cause I was nauseously sad to hear. City Hall is TOXIC!