Crescenta Valley County Water District officials began severely limiting water supplies to 15 properties in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta Wednesday in an attempt to force property owners to hook up with the public sewer system.
Robert Argenio, general manager of the water district, said the properties will have special devices installed in their water lines to limit the flow of water from 30 gallons a minute to about half a gallon a minute. That would provide enough water for cooking, drinking and basic sanitary needs, but nothing more, he said.
Because most of the properties are occupied by renters, not owners, the renters will be most affected by the reduced water flow until the owners comply with the ordinance, which took effect in January, 1982, Argenio said.
Property owners could receive fines of up to $500, a six-month jail term, or both, under the district ordinance, he said. As its "very last resort," district officials could install the sewer hookups as an emergency health measure and place a lien on the property for reimbursement, he said.