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Parsing San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water pricing 'straightjacket' ruling

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| Many local water districts' rate structures were dealt a blow yesterday by a state appellate court decision.

Appeals court throws out water rates meant to spur conservation

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The court rules San Juan Capistrano did not justify its sliding scale of water rates and violated state law meant to curb arbitrary pricing.

Drought: Without snow, LADWP's water pumping might suffer

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Los Angeles ability to pump water from Inyo County may be limited this year, in another possible consequence of an extremely dry winter in California.

Compare cutbacks called for in state water conservation proposals

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The state has updated its plan to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use, shrinking required cuts on some communities while demanding even larger cuts from the heaviest users. This chart compares the latest proposed cuts to water use for South Coast agencies with the first draft.

Water board releases updated proposal for mandatory cutbacks

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Under the new plan, Los Angeles would have to cut 16 instead of 20 percent, but other cities like Beverly Hills have seen their reduction targets rise.

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Search comments regarding state efforts to reduce water use

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State water officials have received more than 200 letters and emails about a proposal requiring cities to cut consumption anywhere from 10 to 35 percent depending on recent use rates and conservation efforts. We've made these comments searchable here.

Drought: 10 things to know about California water use

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There's a lot of talk and finger-pointing about water use in California. Here's what you need to know.

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MWD approves 15 percent cut in water deliveries

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Officials want to bank emergency reserves in case California epic drought — now in its fourth year — grinds on.