Los Angeles County Orders Water Fees to Reach State Cutback Goal

Los Angeles County officials voted on Tuesday to charge water users for over-consumption in areas hit with some of California's toughest reduction mandates. The state has been withering from a drought that has lasted for four years. Officials said the conservation plan will charge most consumers in heavy-use regions--including Malibu--up to twice their usual rates for any consumption exceeding allocated amounts by 15 percent. The plan was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Some residents had opposed the surcharges, saying the diversity of households--some small and others large--meant that not all consumers should be held to the same standard.