Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Marcie Edwards characterizes the emergency water conservation rules adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board as "a welcome and strong step in the right direction for the State of California as we face an unprecedented drought."
Edwards released a statement saying, "The State Board's action sends a strong message to Californians and local water agencies that it's time to get serious about saving water."
The drought regulations give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day.
Some cities, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Barbara, already have mandatory water restrictions in place; but some communities are relying on voluntary conservation.
--City News Service