California drought worsens as Metropolitan Water District imposes restrictions

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday, May 5, shows Riverside County as being split between mostly severe drought with moderate drought in Temecula and the surrounding communities. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Drought conditions continue to worsen in California, according to the California Department of Water Resources’ most recent update.Following the Tuesday, April 26, announcement by Metropolitan Water District declaring a water shortage and imposing water restrictions on six major water providers and the dozens of cities and local districts they supply, water providers must have plans to police their customers. If those providers fail to impose the restrictions, they could face fines of $2,000 for every extra acre-foot of water that exceeds their monthly allocation limits, starting in June, according to MWD.MWD customers in areas of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties that rely mostly on state water supplied through the district, including some parts of the city of Los
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