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Faced With Drought, MWD Approves 15 Percent Cut In Water Deliveries

The reduction will go into effect July 1st, and it means the amount of water imported to Southern California from outside facilities, like the Colorado River Aqueduct, will be reduced. ATVN's Kim Leoffler has more. 

The Metropolitan Water District voted to approve a plan to reduce water distribution to its agencies by fifteen percent. The decision follows Governor Jerry Brown's executive order to cut water usage by businesses, households, and institutions by 25 percent.

There are 26 agencies throughout Southern California that will be affected by this new plan. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power issued a statement saying "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."

If the city of Los Angeles or any other agency exceeds its water usage, they will be fined up to 2,960 dollars per acre-foot of water, which is equivalent to the amount of water used by two households each year.

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