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California drought: LADWP vows to waste less water

The headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is shown in this file photo.
The headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is shown in this file photo.
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The agency that provides water to millions of Los Angeles homes and businesses is promising to waste less of it.

Residents protested when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sent about 70,000 gallons from a reservoir that needed maintenance into storm drains. The sight of drinking water going down the drain was particularly galling since Californians have been ordered to conserve amid a punishing drought.

On Wednesday, the department explained how it plans to reuse water from its pipes, tanks and reservoirs when they are being inspected or fixed.

The DWP says among other things, it will send discharged water into sewers instead of storm drains.

The agency says instead of heading to the ocean, that water can be treated for future use.