Beverly Hills water wasters ‘should be ashamed,’ state regulator says

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Beverly Hills among cities fined for not conserving enough water in drought.

Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities where water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California’s unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday.The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said Friday.California’s urban water customers collectively reduced their water use by 26 percent in September, continuing to surpass the statewide mandate, but at slightly lower levels than were seen during summer, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Friday. From June through August, California residents and businesses have saved 253bn gallons of water, board chairwoman Felicia Marcus told reporters on Friday.

We are thankful for all of the effort by individuals and agencies.” “Now, we need to keep it up as best we can even as we hope for as much rain and snow as we can safely handle,” Marcus added. “We’re in the position of having to prepare for drought and flooding at the same time, but that’s what we’re faced with.” (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the loss of millions of trees across California, the result of a bark beetle infestation made worse by the drought. The municipalities and utilities that received the fines had all been warned in August that they were not meeting the state’s mandated conservation targets, Carrigan said.

Regulators urged continued conservation even if the El Nino weather phenomenon brings winter storms to the state, because the precipitation may not fall far enough north to replenish the vital mountain snowpack that melts in the spring to feed the state’s streams and reservoirs. As the hot summer months give way to cooler temperatures and more rain, officials have cautioned that it may prove harder for Californians to save water.

About 100 suppliers have received so-called information orders requiring them to send more information about the conservation measures they have undertaken, Gomberg said.

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