Throwing an obstacle in the path of plans to end mandatory water rationing, a Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday voted to roll back conservation levels to 10% but to continue imposing fines on those who exceed the cutbacks.
The Department of Water and Power Commission unanimously approved a resolution last week to lift restrictions April 1 and begin a voluntary program aimed at conserving 10%. The measure requires approval by the full City Council and Mayor Tom Bradley, who said he supports the plan.
But the council's Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 2 to 0 to recommend that DWP officials come up with a plan to impose fines on customers who fail to meet cutbacks of 10%.
"We're saying, 'Let's roll back to 10%, but let's keep the penalties,' " said Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores, who chairs the panel. "What we are trying to do is protect people who conserve water from furnishing water to those who don't."