Riverside ordered to cut back water use

RIVERSIDE, Calif. /*Western Municipal Water District*/ Spokesman Tedi Jackson says all outdoor water use should be suspended through Saturday, and that violators could have their water turned off.

Roughly 23,000 residential and commercial customers in the Hillcrest area of Riverside, Lake Hills, Lake Matthews, March Air Reserve Base, Air Force Village West and Mission Grove will be affected.

The Henry J. Mills Water Treatment Plant in Riverside is overdue for repairs and water supplies coming into the plant from the State Water Project will have to stop, leaving only stored water available for customers.

The /*Eastern Municipal Water District*/ is asking for voluntary cutbacks in water usage over the same period, encouraging customers in Homeland, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Perris, Quail Valley, Romoland and Sun City to scale down overall water consumption and suspend outdoor water use.

Jackson says violators will first be warned verbally, and then with a written warning. Three-time violators will have their water shut off.


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