LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the Sierra snowpack still below average, Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday urged Angelenos to continue saving water.
“In the last year, millions of Angelenos have stepped up and conserved a tremendous amount of water,” he said. “We can slip backwards. People can start taking longer showers, start watering more often, not get those fixtures replaced that you were going to. My message is keep the momentum going.”READ MORE: Woman, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home
According to the mayor, water use in Los Angeles is down by 19 percent. The snowpack is at 70 percent. Rainfall remains sparse while groundwater levels are lagging, he said.
“I want to emphasize this today even as we hear good news from up north. We are still in a drought. We got some precipitation. But it’s less than the historic amount. We don’t know what Mother Nature, what she will bring. We know what we can do,” Garcetti added.READ MORE: Man Killed After Large Tree Topples Onto Encino Home
He recommended that Angelenos take advantage of incentives offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It is offering rebates for a number of water-saving efforts including turf removal, reusing rain water, plus using high-efficiency toilets, shower heads and clothes washers.
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Garcetti wants water use to be reduced by 20 percent by next year.