Local water district enacts stricter rules in Water Shortage Contingency Plan as drought persists

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The U.S. Drought Monitor report for Thursday, Nov. 26, shows much of California in an extreme or exceptional drought. Riverside County remains in a severe drought.Valley News/Courtesy photo
As the drought continues to persist, local water agency, Eastern Municipal Water District announced it is increasing its drought stage to Stage 3a, according to a news release issued by the agency Thursday, Nov. 18. EMWD’s Board of Directors urged customers who are exceeding their water budgets to eliminate wasteful practices as part of EMWD’s move into Stage 3a of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan. “The move to Stage 3a is a result of rapidly evolving drought conditions that prompted The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which manages water deliveries to 26 agencies in six counties, serving 19 million people, to declare an emergency drought status Nov. 9,” EMWD said. As part of its emergency drought status, MWD urged its member agencies, including EMW
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