With summer temperatures starting to take hold, Glendale Water & Power has seen a slight increase in customer water usage, officials said.
Glendale customers recently logged a 3% increase in water use, worrying some officials that compliance with conservation rules might be waning as summer heat approaches. Irrigation throughout the region is limited to just three days a week. In Glendale, the ordinance led to an overall 18% drop in water usage.
"We are hoping people will take the water conservation message to heart," said Peter Kavounas, general manager for water services at Glendale Water & Power.
Rainstorms during the winter months briefly helped to replenish water supplies, but he said California remains in a drought.
The utility saw conservation efforts slip among customers after the wet months.
"We don't want to see that trend continue," said the utility's spokeswoman, Atineh Haroutunian.
Diminishing water supplies also prompted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in April to raise rates they charge member agencies, like Glendale and Burbank, by 15% over the next two years.