By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Dan Keesey knows he faces a monumental task.
In order to reduce the amount of water used in La Verne by 32 percent, as required by the state, the city would have to use a record-low amount of water.
“That would put us at a number we haven’t seen in 20 years,” said Keesey, who runs the foothill city’s public works department that also provides water to 32,000 residents.
To avoid $10,000 a day fines, La Verne’s water department would have to drop below the total recorded during the 1991 drought of about 6,200 acre-feet. The city would need to fall to approximately 5,700 acre-feet for the year 2015, he calculated. (One acre foot equals about 326,000 gallons, or enough to supply a family of four for about one year.)
“It is an incredible number to try to achieve,” he said.