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L.A. County supervisors order agencies to scale back water use

Water SupplyDon Knabe
L.A. County agrees to curb water use to comply with state drought restrictions

Los Angeles County's board of supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to order restrictions on water use for its government operations, following a state directive to Californians to curb water usage during one of the worst droughts in decades.

The county, which employs more than 100,000 people and runs an extensive system of parks and government buildings, will adhere to the restrictions issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, including a ban on allowing runoff from outdoor sprinklers and hosing down driveways and sidewalks.

"The County of Los Angeles can play an important role, by reducing water use at its facilities and in assisting local water supply agencies in implementing the [water board] regulations," board Chairman Don Knabe wrote. 

The board also asked its public works department to look at what measures might need to be taken in its water division, which supplies water to about 240,000 people, to comply with the state rules.

Most residents of L.A. County's unincorporated areas get their water from other suppliers, not from the county.

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