LADWP says conservation is working

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Los Angeles residents used less water last month than in any other June for the last 32 years. That’s according to new numbers from the L.A. Department of Water and Power. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports L.A. is making progress saving water.

The June gloom left the region relatively cool, and DWP officials say weather like that eases demand. Even so, less water flowed through Angelenos’ spigots last month than when L.A. had a million fewer residents. Overall, consumption’s down 11 percent from two years ago, when Mayor Villaraigosa called for residents to cut use by 10 percent.

Single-family houses now use 17 percent less. Apartment houses aren’t saving as much; use there is down 7 percent. There’s usually only one meter at those places, which makes it harder to track down a leaky faucet.

The city’s own use has dropped nearly 30 percent in the last two years. This month, the L.A. City Council let up on city golf courses – letting them water more often as long as they don’t use more water. The council’s still considering more exemptions for homeowners.