L.A. Water Consumption Significantly Reduced
After five months of mandatory water rationing in Los Angeles, the city is reporting a considerable reduction in water consumption.
The rationing, which was imposed over the summer of 2009 as part of a water conservation ordinance, limits hand-watering and automatic sprinkler use, requires shut-off nozzles to be used when hose-washing cars, and prohibits runoff into streets and gutters.
According to the Department of Water and Power, L.A. has cut its water consumption by 23% for single-family homes, 29% for government buildings, 15% for commercial customers, and 12% for multi-dwelling residential facilities. Overall water consumption decreased by 18.4% to the lowest level in 18 years.