The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District will try to survive the drought by refusing to accept new customers, casting doubt on the fate of many proposed developments in the southwestern San Fernando Valley.
Faced with a mandatory 17% cutback ordered by the Metropolitan Water District, which provides the local utility's supply, Las Virgenes directors voted this week to provide water only to existing customers and to new ones who received commitments before Monday.
The emergency regulation will remain in effect at least until the drought eases, said Diane Eaton, a spokeswoman for the district. Directors also indicated that even those commitments may be jeopardized if conditions do not improve.
The district serves 17,000 residential and commercial customers in Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village, and in unincorporated areas that include Calabasas and Agoura.