LA officials praise Angelenos for cutting water use

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On this high-temperature day, L.A.’s mayor praised Angelenos for reducing their water and energy use. More on the story from KPCC’s Cheryl Devall.

At the beginning of June, the Department of Water and Power restricted the use of outdoor lawn sprinklers and raised rates for users who consumed more than their allotted amount of water. In the last couple of months, utility officials report, residential, business, and government customers have cut their water use by 17 percent from last July.

Electricity use is also down, in part because of programs that distributed compact-fluorescent bulbs and arranged swaps for energy-efficient appliances. Conservation measures in the last year saved enough energy to run 53,000 households. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Angelenos didn’t just meet the challenge of coping with the third year of a water shortage, they exceeded it.