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LA plans to water the landscape twice a week

LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles plans to require residents and businesses to reduce watering of outdoor landscapes from three to two days a week as California’s drought worsens, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

The proposed restriction for Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy customers is less severe than a recent decision by Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District that requires some customers to reduce watering to once a week.

The Los Angeles restriction is expected to take effect June 1 after receiving expected City Council approval.

Garcetti said Los Angeles can be less restrictive than other water boroughs because its nearly 4 million residents make constant efforts to conserve water.

“We use a little less water today than we did more than 30 years ago with a million more people,” Garcetti told reporters.

Garcetti nonetheless urged homeowners to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.

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While the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is a municipal utility, the Metropolitan Water District is essentially a giant wholesaler, serving 26 public water agencies serving 19 million people with water.

Limiting irrigation to one day per week in the Metropolitan Water District will affect approximately 6 million residents and businesses.

State water officials were scheduled to hold a briefing Tuesday afternoon on California’s drought outlook.

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Justin Scacco

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