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Southern California water cutback plan advances

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By ALICIA CHANG
AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials of Southern California's giant water wholesaler have advanced a proposal to cut the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid severe drought.

A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District met Monday and forwarded a plan to cut regional water deliveries by 15 percent. The full board votes on Tuesday and cuts would take effect in July if passed.

California is enduring a fourth year of drought. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown called for a mandatory 25 percent cut in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

Metropolitan Water District imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies. The agency most recently had to cut water deliveries in 2009 and 2010.

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