UTILITY CALLS ON 2.4 MILLION USERS TO CUT WATER USE BY 10%
By Paul Rogers and Julie Sevrens Lyons, San Jose Mercury News
More than 2 million Bay Area residents today will be told to cut their water use 10% by June or face the kind of mandatory water restrictions that the area hasn't seen in 15 years. The order comes from managers of the Hetch Hetchy water system who are worried about summer water shortages after an unusually dry winter.
"I'm nervous. We want to do what we can now and get people on track so we can avoid mandatory restrictions. We're way below normal," said Susan Leal, GM of the San Francisco PUC, which runs the Hetch Hetchy system. More...