“It’s a serious situation,” said Steve Arakawa, director of the agency’s Water Resources Management Group. “Our main direction right now is to be prepared.”
And so it is with local water officials, who are at the mercy of weather and of regional decisions.
“We’re certainly watching the situation,” said Dennis Erdman, general manager of the Crescenta Valley Water District.
As a result of a public push for water conservation, usage dropped 9% in July, he said. Figures were not immediately available for August.
A measure of Glendale’s conservation campaign is not complete, but Waters said initial results weren’t very encouraging despite an aggressive campaign promoting water audits, low-flow appliances and faucets and other programs.