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LA Doesn't Have to Cut Back on Any More Water (For Now)

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The state of California is only requiring Los Angeles to reduce water usage by 16 percent, a lot less than initially prescribed in the package of statewide cutbacks. Because the area served by the LADWP has already done so much to conserve, officials were able to negotiate down, says the Daily News, and because of existing moves to limit water use, Los Angeles is already ready to meet that 16 percent requirement by 2016—meaning there will be no additional restrictions on what Angelenos can and can't do with water. That is, if the city doesn't blow it this summer.

Hotter days and higher temperatures usually translate to higher water use and that could throw Los Angeles off course. If water consumption spikes, that would mean that, to compensate, new rules could be put into place dictating how often Angelenos can water their lawns or requiring swimming pools to be covered. For the time being, though, everyone can just continue to conserve as they have been until now. The restrictions come just before summer, when outdoor water use "traditionally accounts for 50% to 80% of residential consumption," the LA Times says.
· No new restrictions for L.A. DWP water users — for now [LADN]
· Emergency 25% cut in California cities' water use approved [LAT]
· Mapping SoCal's Mandatory Water Cutbacks Big and Small [Curbed LA]
· Mapping/Shaming the Most Water-Guzzling Places in SoCal [Curbed LA]