In response to California's serious, persistent drought, Governor Brown has recently introduced the first statewide, mandatory water cutbacks. That means that residential areas will have to reduce water use by anywhere from 10 to 35 percent by next February, depending on per capita use in water districts in 2013, according to KPCC. Districts where water usage was already pretty low will only have to cut back by 10 percent. Falling into that category: East LA and Bell, where, last September, they used 48 gallons and 50 gallons per person per day, respectively. The "sliding scale" restrictions go up from there to 20 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. La Cañada Flintridge, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Beverly Hills are among those who will have to find a way to reduce their water use by 35 percent, because they use a lot.
The LA Department of Water and Power, which covers the city of LA and a few adjacent areas like Culver City, is looking at a 20 percent reduction in water use, but it's hoping to change that. Since these restrictions are proposed but not yet final—state officials are hoping to have them firmed up by May—LA is hoping that they can get their water cuts adjusted to the lower end of the spectrum. "Twenty percent is going to be a challenge," the director of the LADWP says, adding that LA's already been hard at work conserving and cutting back on water use since before it was cool or required. How much will LA's neighbors have to cut back? The New York Times charted all the proposed decreases in one interactive map:
· How Water Cuts Could Affect Every Community in California [NYT]
· Mapping/Shaming the Most Water-Guzzling Places in SoCal [Curbed LA]
· Study: Rich LA Neighborhoods Are Using More Water Than Everyone Else [Curbed LA]