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Low-income households hit hardest by water restrictions

Environmental Health Sciences Adjunct Assistant Professor Brian Cole talks to KPCC radio about sustainably conserving water in California.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has asked residents to reduce water consumption by 20 percent as the drought persists. The Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles has even started handing out fines through the newly implemented "water cops." 

But as state and city officials impose restrictions, a new report from UCLA has recommendations for easing people off water while not harming the health of the community. Brian Cole, adjunct assistant professor of environmental sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, believes instituting a tiered pricing system could help ease the effects for low income residents.

Dr. Cole talks to KPCC about this and other measure that can be taken to sustainably conserve water in California.

Listen to the interview.