Southern California areas cut water use responding to ‘epic’ drought

Sam Snow removes grass turf from Caron and Scott Campbell's backyard in Moorpark on Tuesday.  With outdoor watering restricted and a prolonged severe drought, the Campbells are installing a drought-tolerant landscape.

Southern California areas told to cut water use by 35% finished June on track to stave off an outdoor watering ban.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California supplies those communities in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties with Northern California water delivered by the State Water Project. After a record dry start to the year, the state limited its deliveries to just 5%.

In response, Metropolitan required millions of its customers to cut outdoor watering to one day a week or find other ways to conserve.

Choosing one-day-a-week watering allowed agencies to avoid financial penalties for using too much water. But they face an outdoor watering ban as soon as September if they don’t reach Metropolitan’s water-savings goal.

Nearly a month after the restrictions took effect June 1, the agencies’ water use was 4% under cap.

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