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L.A.'s Water Use Hits 32-Year Low in February

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The L.A. Department of Water and Power today are applauding Angelenos for record breaking water use. In February, customers used water equivalent to the amount used in 1979. “Our customers’ ability to reach 1970s water use levels at a time when our City’s population has grown by more than a million people is truly remarkable,” said Lee Kanon Alpert, President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. For the 31st consecutive month, single-family homes reduced water use by 29.2%. In the same time period, government buildings reduced use by 19.1%, commercial businesses by 16.7% industrial by 14.8% and multi-family dwellings by 11.9%.

Since a new water conservation ordinances went into affect last summer, 30 billion gallons have been saved, the department touts. And that means savings, not just in water, but money. Water purchases from the Metropolitan Water District are down 16% from projections.