MALIBU—On Tuesday, June 2, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a water conservation plan in efforts to reduce water waste by up to 80 percent. The plan requires cutbacks and regulations in Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga Canyon, Kagel Canyon, Val Verde, Acton and Marina Del Rey.
These water cutbacks are required under the Emergency Conservation Measures, which were approved last month under Governor Jerry Brown. A report from the state regulators showed that several SoCal cities, including Los Angeles, are lagging in the conservation efforts. In comparison to other California cities,
SoCal is behind in water conservation by 4.5 percent. Each household will be required to cut back on water usage and waste, some as high as 36 percent reductions. The households that exceed their limit will be fined. The State Water Resources Control Board will be tracking compliances.
Issues for the public arise with the high cutbacks, especially for larger families that are already making an effort to reduce water waste. Some citizens complain that it would require water usage cutbacks as high as 80 percent. It has been agreed upon by the council that if customers disagree with their fines, they can file appeals. All appeals will be reviewed and concluded within 20 days. The factors to be considered will be dependent upon the number of people living in the household, special circumstances and any medical needs of specific family members.