This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.
But downtown Los Angeles doesn’t look like a city devastated by the state’s worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running.
People still water their lawns, wash their cars and fill their pools. Earlier this week, Gov. Brown announced that, compared to last year, water use this May actually went up in some parts of the state — including in coastal Southern California, the region including LA, where water use rose 8 percent.
The state has responded by voting to fine water-wasters up to $500.
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