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Water District In Ventura County Annouces New Drought Restrictions

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A water district which serves much of Western Ventura County has announced that as a result of the fifth straight year of well below average rainfall, it is imposing a number of drought restrictions.

The Casitas Municipal Water District is reporting that its primary water source, Lake Casitas, is at its lowest level since 1968. By the end of the year, the lake is expected to be at only about 30% of capacity. Unlike many Southern California water districts, Casitas doesn’t get any state water, and relies on local sources.

Drought restrictions as of July 1st will include a reduction of all customers water allocations by 10%, and a restriction of all landscaping irrigation to before 10 a.m., and after 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The district customers have already cut consumption by nearly 40% in the last two years.

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.