LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County supervisors have agreed to look at ways of helping build a desalination plant for water-strapped Santa Catalina Island.
City News Service says supervisors Tuesday gave the public works director 30 days to report back with ideas to fund the $1.6 million project.READ MORE: Cal ISO Issues Flex Alert For Thursday
The island 22 miles off Southern California gets water from wells, reservoirs and an existing desalination plant.
But if California’s drought persists, officials expect to order a 50 percent cut in water use this fall.READ MORE: Exposition Park Museums To Continue Requiring Face Masks
That follows a 34 percent reduction the island’s 4,100 residents and businesses have achieved since 2012.
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