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Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California

California Drought Water Restrictions
Posted at 7:05 AM, Apr 27, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California’s gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state.

The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a water shortage emergency Tuesday.

It's requiring the 26 water agencies it supplies to implement the cutback on June 1 and enforce it or face hefty fines.

The MWD relies on water from the Colorado River and the State Water Project to supply 40% of the state population.

But the State Water Project expects to provide only 5% of its usual allocation.