Rain clouds hover over the downtown skyline as a storm approaches Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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Imagine having outdoor watering cut off completely and the water delivery to your house reduced to a mere trickle — enough to get it out of the tap, to flush and to take a weak shower.
For about 20 water wasters in western Los Angeles County, this is their reality, with flow reductions of what was once 50 gallons per minute down to 1 gallon per minute.
“This is basically a deterrent for consistent water wasters within our service area,” said Mike McNutt, spokesman for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District that serves communities in western Los Angeles County. “And when I say consistent water wasters, what I mean is after four times that a customer who exceeds 150% of their water budget, they are then in line to receive a flow restriction device on their meter.”
Homes are seen from Las Virgenes Reservoir in Westlake Village, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The community, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area, is served by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
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Since the beginning of June, about 20 of the devices have been installed at households that simply have refused to work with the district, which instituted a 50% reduction in outdoor water budgets for its 22,000 accounts beginning in May.
“We provide them ample opportunities to work with us before it gets installed. We send letters, emails, put on door tags, even voicemails and text messages,” McNutt said. “Literally every possible thing that you can think of to let them know that they need to contact the district to work with us to start reducing their water consumption. If they don’t do that, after all that stuff, then we’ll go ahead and install them as a last ditch effort. We are really serious about this.”
Interestingly, he said the devices — which he believes aren’t being used anywhere else in California or the country — have generally been received by district patrons in a positive manner.
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