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L.A. City Council rejects water conservation law, for now

April 8, 2009 | 12:39 pm

Saying they did not have enough time to fully study the matter, the Los Angeles City Council today rejected a proposed water conservation ordinance.

The measure, however, which is designed to reduce Los Angeles water use by 15%, is not dead. A council committee is expected to review the matter and send it back to the Los Angeles Water and Power Commission for another vote as early as next week.

The proposal would increase water rates for users who exceed a certain base allocation. City water department officials say that 85% of single-family homeowners and 94% of low-income residents would not see an increase in their water rate or would even pay less under the proposed ordinance.

-- Bettina Boxall