- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California water managers say they’re prepared for the drought thanks to ample storage.

California is facing historically dry conditions that have affected the state unevenly. Northern and Central California have been hit hardest with communities rationing water or in danger of running out of water.

But the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California says there’s no need to impose mandatory water cutbacks just yet. It says years of water conservation and other measures have led to ample reserves. It continues to monitor drought conditions in case they worsen.

The agency is made up of two dozen cities and local water districts serving 19 million people in six counties. It imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to boost local supplies.

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