LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County officials Tuesday introduced a proposed ordinance that would increase fines for wasting water.
The Board of Supervisors’ ordinance would increase fines for violating water conservation requirements from $100 up to $500 per day. Written warnings for violations would be issued on the first offense, but fines would apply for every day of violation after that warning.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Who Overcame Severe WWII Wounds To Lead Senate GOP And Run For President, Dies At 98
The vote comes on the heels of a warning from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) that mandatory water rationing measures may be needed as the region prepares for a potential fourth straight year of drought.
Supervisor Don Knabe told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO a recent spate of rain in the Southland may have caused some people to forget about the state’s water crisis.
“Everybody sees a little bit of rain here, a little drizzle here, and they think, you know, ‘Hey, we had that good hit there’, that we’re in the best of shape, and we’re not,” Knabe said. “We’re still in a very significant drought.”READ MORE: Inside SoCal: 12/5 Wrap-Up
The region’s reserves currently stand at about 1.2 million acre-feet, less than half of what the MWD held in storage at the end of 2012.
An acre-foot of water is nearly 326,000 gallons, about the amount used by two typical Southland households in a year.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place the measure on a future agenda for adoption.
The Metropolitan Water District will decide in April if rationing will happen. The last cutback occurred in 2009.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 4 Injured In Multi-Car Crash In Anaheim
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