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Foothill Municipal Water District is asking customers to conserve water and limit daily use following Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement of a state of drought emergency in California in January 2014. (File Photo / January 23, 2014)

Foothill Municipal Water District officials are alerting customers to limit water consumption following Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought emergency announcement last week. 

Two consecutive dry years and the state’s snowpack registering at only 20% of average water content prompted the area water board to change its conservation stage to “green,” according to a statement from Nina Jazmadarian, general manager at Foothill Municipal Water District. 

“More than 60% of our water is used outdoors. By watering every other day, consumers can save a siginificant amount of water,” Jazmadarian said.

Customers are encouraged to take shorter showers, run only full loads of dishes and laundry, sweep paved surfaces instead of hosing them, limit water time to before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. for 10 minutes and fix leaks within 48 hours.

Foothill Municipal Water District in conjuction with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California also offers rebates for customers who install water saving devices, including high-efficiency toilets, rain barrels, soil moisture sensors, weather-based irrigation controllers and hot water recirculation systems.

Rebates are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

For a full list of possible rebates for both residential and commercial customers,  visit www.socalwatersmart.com or www.fmwd.com

-- Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com

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