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Drought prompting new calls for water conservation on South Coast

The Calleguas Municipal Water District is trying to get water agencies it supplies water to to get their customers to reduce usage by 15%.

Calleguas Municipal Water District seeking 15% reduction in water use in Ventura County.

With the state being hard hit by the drought, one of the South Coast’s largest water suppliers is calling for major cuts in water usage.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District supplies state water to cities, and agencies serving more than 660,000 Ventura County residents.

Callegaus is calling on cities, and water agencies in the county to get their customers to cut consumption 15% compared to last year. It’s leaving it up to the water suppliers to decide whether they will use voluntary, or mandatory steps to make the cuts.

The State Water Project is reporting that it has the lowest water levels in history, which means Ventura County may only get a fraction of its normal supply. Some of the county’s water suppliers get all of their water from the state, while others get a portion of it from the water project.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.