Southern California water agencies brace for water cutbacks

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Southern California's water wholesaler is considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies in the wake of an ongoing drought.

A board committee of the Metropolitan Water District meets Monday to mull a plan to cut water deliveries by 15 percent beginning this summer. The full board will vote a day later.

Metropolitan, which imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California, was forced to slash water deliveries twice before in 2009 and 2010.

Places that need extra water would have to pay a high price.

California is enduring a fourth year of parched conditions. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered cities and towns to cut urban water use by 25 percent from 2013 levels.