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City exceeds water reduction goals

September 21, 2009

Glendale Water & Power announced on Monday that the city exceeded 10% water usage reduction goals for the months of July and August.

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The utility saw a 20% reduction in July and a 16% reduction in August compared to the same months in 2006, according to a press release.

In July, the City Council approved phase two of mandatory water conservation, which went into effect at the beginning of August with restrictions limiting irrigation to three days a week in an effort to achieve a 10% usage reduction.

The restrictions are in response to years of drought conditions and reduced shipments that started July 1 from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies up to 70% of the city’s water.

Areas that do not reduce consumption by at least 10% will be hit with heavy financial penalties at the end of the fiscal year, which would translate into higher rates for consumers.

While officials lauded residential water conservation efforts, they wanted to remind residents that restrictions will remain in effect, according to the release.

“Customers need to focus their efforts both outdoors and indoors,” Assistant General Manager Peter Kavounas said in the release. “If customers abide by the three day a week watering schedule we will continue to see these results.”

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