August 13, 2022
Severity of water shortage hits home, millions affected
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An estimated 6-million Southern Californians in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties will be impacted by a Water Shortage Emergency.

Under the declaration, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California is asking its retail suppliers that rely on the State Water Project to restrict residential landscape irrigation to one day a week.

The MWD further warned Wednesday that if there is not enough water conserved this summer, all outdoor watering could be banned in the 3-county region as early as September.

The emergency does not apply to Riverside and Orange counties because much of their imported water comes from the Colorado River. But, all Southern Californians have been called on to conserve by at least 20 percent. San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties have limited or no access to water from the Colorado River or local resources.

The State Water Project (SWP) supplies 30 percent of the water used in Southern California. However, three consecutive years of severe dry conditions have resulted in the lowest deliveries ever from the SWP over the past three years.

The MWD is a water wholesaler and it will be up to its member water districts to enact the emergency measures. Those include the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.
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