- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District is proposing to reduce by 15 percent the amount of water it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities.

The MWD, which serves 19 million people, said Wednesday that its board of directors would vote on the across-the-board ration proposal during its April 14 meeting.

The effects of the cuts would vary between local water agencies. In areas that have been slow to conserve, agencies will have to strengthen restrictions and boost local rates to avoid financial penalties the MWD will impose on excess demand during the state’s drought.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the cuts, which would take effect July 1, were proposed before Gov. Jerry Brown imposed a 25 percent mandatory restriction on urban water use last week.

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