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With drought over, water restrictions get second look at some local utilities

April 13, 2011 |  8:59 am


Some local residents could see an easing of strict watering rules after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California decided to stop rationing water to local utilities.

After Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed an end to the drought and with reservoirs at above-normal levels, the MWD's board of directors voted unanimously to eliminate the limits on imported water that were imposed on member agencies, including Glendale, Burbank and the Crescenta Valley, for nearly two years.

For some customers, the effects will be immediate. The Crescenta Valley Water District on Tuesday lifted outdoor irrigation restrictions completely. Property owners were previously limited to a three-day-a-week schedule.

Glendale Water & Power customers could also see the three-day outdoor watering rules suspended if the City Council approves a recommendation from the utility later this spring.

"We don't need extreme conservation, but we do need people to not waste water," said Peter Kavounas, assistant general manager for Glendale Water & Power.

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Photo: Many utilities had instituted strict outdoor watering rules but that may change soon. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times