ARLETA (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday discussed the city’s response to the statewide drought and the importance of water conservation.
“California and Los Angeles are in the midst of one of the worst droughts of our lifetime; 2013 was the state’s driest year on record,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti spoke around 9:30 a.m. at the Tujunga Spreading Grounds, a storm water capture and groundwater replenishment project that helps increase local water supplies and reduces the city’s reliance on purchased water.
“Los Angeles is well-prepared for this drought. We’ve planned and invested in water infrastructure, much of which we own ourselves unlike other municipalities, and we’ve all done a great job conserving for years,” he said.
Locals are urged to use California-friendly landscapes and take advantage of the city’s free water-reducing devices such as aerators.
Southern California’s largest supplier of water, the Metropolitan Water District, Tuesday declared a “Water Supply Alert” asking residents to cut their water use by 20 percent.
Garcetti also mentioned there are plans in the works to clean up the San Fernando Valley Aqueduct, which is currently polluted, to be ready for use in 2021.