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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says that most households in Los Angeles use between 30-40 percent of water outdoors and in some neighborhoods located in zones with warmer temperatures or with homes on larger lots, households use as much as 70% of their water outdoors. And after a hot weekend, this weekend looks to be much cooler and wetter.

"Now is the time for customers to cut back on their water use and adhere to the city's prohibited uses of water. Our water supplies have been cut, and we must all get serious about using less water. It starts with cutting back on outdoor use - especially when the temperature is cool and rain is in the forecast," said Jim McDaniel, LADWP assistant general manager of water resources in a statement.

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The city has had a prohibited water use ordinance since the last drought in the 1990s, but the enforcement was extremely lax. A new plan announced last week calls for "real enforcement" with penalties of the restrictions such as excessive yard watering, peak daylight watering, serving water to restaurant patrons who do not ask for it, and a favorite for pedestrians: watering driveways and sidewalks.