Complying with an emergency order to cut water use 36% has cost the Yorba Linda Water District in more ways than one.
Financially, spokesman Damon Micalizzi said, it has cost millions in lost revenue and brought the agency "to its knees." Then there's the political cost of raising rates to cover the deficit.
"Everybody was ecstatic," Micalizzi quipped.
Seven months after state regulators drew up their plan to achieve a statewide reduction in urban water use, Yorba Linda Water District and its counterparts will get their first formal chance to ask for relief.
Gov. Jerry Brown's latest executive order provisionally extends California's drought...