Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

Apr 16, 2015 4:54 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California cities that are being asked to slash their water use in the drought are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory water restrictions.

Dozens of agencies are telling water regulators that the state's proposed water use reduction targets are unrealistic and unfair. The State Water Resources Control Board is set to update its plan on Friday.

Some communities are expected to cut water use by as much as a third compared to 2013, based on per-capita water use.

Agencies say huge cuts in residential and business water use could hurt their economies. Cities including Los Angeles and San Diego are asking for targets that recognize their earlier attempts to save and store water.

Regulators have dismissed such complaints for months, saying the four-year drought demands tough measures.

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