Southern California water agencies brace for water cutbacksOne of California’s largest water providers is considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people in the wake of an ongoing drought. A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District meets Monday to mull a plan to cut regional water deliveries by 15 percent beginning this summer. The full board will vote a day later. California is enduring a fourth year of parched conditions, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month to call for a mandatory 25 percent cut in urban water use compared with 2013 levels. The Metropolitan Water District serves parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. While the water district’s proposed cutback was set in motion before Brown’s order, officials said it should prompt local water agencies to conserve more.”It’s going to be a great incentive for people to really embrace conservation to the fullest,” said Debra Man, the agency’s assistant general manager. MORE