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Water Usage Down in L.A. Amidst Drought & New Rules

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Water use by Los Angeles residents and businesses were down by 11% in June when compared to June 2008 making it the lowest demand in 32 years, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced today. June 1st of this year marked the beginning of a new water conservation law aimed mainly at sprinkler usage, limiting it to certain hours on Mondays and Thursdays, and a new "shortage year" rate structure.

Comparing June 2009 to June 2008 breakdowns, single family homes reduced water consumption by 16.8% while mullti-family buildings by 8.3%. Commercial businesses reduced water use by 12.7% while Industrial was at 3.4% less. Government customers reduced the most, though, with 29.5%.