Which Southern California cities will face water cuts on June 1?

About 6 million Southern California residents will soon be reduced to watering one day a week under sweeping new restrictions driven by severe drought and climate change.

Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District’s first-of-its-kind mandatory action will go into effect June 1 and cover communities in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties — but not all.

The rules will target areas that rely heavily or entirely on the State Water Project, a Northern California water supply that officials say is at real risk of running out.

Areas that receive water from the Colorado River and other sources will be spared, at least for now.

According to MWD, some or all of the following cities and communities rely on water from the State Water Project and will be affected by the new restrictions:

  • Agoura Hills
  • Arcadia
  • Avocado Heights
  • Azusa
  • Baldwin Park
  • bassette
  • Bradbury
  • Calabasas
  • Camarillo
  • Canoga Park
  • Chatsworth
  • chinos
  • Chino Hills
  • city ​​of industry
  • Claremont
  • covina
  • City of Culver
  • Duarte
  • The Monte
  • Encino
  • Fountain
  • Hills of Granada
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Irwinddale
  • The Puente
  • Verne
  • Los Angeles
  • Mission Hills
  • monrovia
  • Montclair
  • Moor park
  • Newbury Park
  • Northern Hills
  • North Hollywood
  • North Whittier
  • Northridge
  • Oak Park
  • Ontario
  • Oxnard
  • Pacific Palisades
  • pacoima
  • panoramic city
  • Rey Beach
  • Playa Vista
  • Point Mugu NAWC
  • Port Hueneme
  • Port Hueneme CBC Base
  • Ranch Porter
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Reseda
  • Rialto
  • Mead
  • St. Gabriel
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Simi Valley
  • somis
  • South El Monte
  • South Pasadena
  • spy glass hill
  • city ​​of studios
  • valley of the sun
  • land of the sun
  • Symar
  • Tarzana
  • city ​​of temples
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Tujunga
  • universal city
  • Uplands
  • Valinda
  • valley village
  • Van Nuys
  • Venice
  • Covina West
  • West Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • Village of West Lake
  • Whittier
  • Winnetka
  • wooded hills

Map of areas that depend primarily or entirely on the state water project.

(Southern California Metropolitan Water District)

“The reality is that this drought has deprived us of the water supply that we need to meet the normal demand in these areas,” MWD chief executive Adel Hagekhalil said. “To ensure we have enough water for their basic human health and safety needs, everyone in these communities must immediately and dramatically reduce their water usage.”

Affected agencies include: Calleguas Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

It will be up to each member agency to determine how best to implement the restrictions. Some, like the Municipal Water District of Las Virgenes, have already defined detailed enforcement and patrol plans; others, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, are still working out the details.

The MWD plans to monitor agencies’ progress and could fine those that don’t reduce enough.

If broad improvements are not immediate and apparent, a complete outdoor watering ban could occur in affected communities as early as September, Hagekhalil said.

Bernard P. Love