More Water Rationing? Calif. Agency To Decide Next Move In Drought Fight

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CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Persistent drought conditions could trigger mandatory water rationing measures throughout Southern California for the second time in six years, officials said Monday.

The announcement by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) comes as the agency decides whether to limit deliveries and prompt mandatory rationing as the region prepares for a potential fourth straight year of drought.

While the first few days of February have brought some much-needed rain to the Southland following a historically dry January, the MWD Board of Directors laid out a number of possible scenaries ranging from zero supply restrictions to possible cutbacks of anywhere between 5 to 10 percent or more, according to Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger.

With a forecast of 930,000 acre-feet in 2015 Colorado River deliveries, Metropolitan could be forced to make significant withdrawals from the Southland’s remaining reserves to help meet water demands,Kightlinger said.

The region’s…

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