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Mandatory water rationing could start July 1, water officials say


The Metropolitan Water District, the agency that supplies the bulk of the water for Southern California, is considering water rationing by summer unless statewide drought conditions radically improve, the agency announced Monday.

Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee considered varying scenarios Monday and concluded it may recommend to its governing board allocating a limited supply per member agency. If the full board approves the allocation plan at its April meeting, rationing would begin July 1, according to Metropolitan.

Such a move would mark the second time water rationing was imposed by MWD in six years.

“Southland consumers have responded to the water conservation challenge this past year. We all, however, need to be prepared to take water saving to another level this summer if water-supply conditions don’t improve,” said MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger in a statement.

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