New conservation program in place affects more than 2 million residents
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To prepare for the three-day shutdown, which ends Tuesday, residents filled underground cisterns, saved water in buckets to bathe and were flushing toilets and doing the wash only when necessary.
Not happy about shutdown
Saleswoman Amanda Sanchez, 46, was not happy about having her taps shut off.
"It's hard, especially for working mothers like me, because I use more water on the weekends," she said.
Even before this weekend, some residents have had virtually no running water because of the poor condition of their pipes.
City water pipes are so leaky, experts estimate 40 percent of drinking water is lost, and nearly all
The shut-off also will allow authorities to make much-needed repairs to the pipelines.
Chemist Jesus Anzurez, 32, who had to save water in buckets, said the action was too drastic and could affect children if their parents had not prepared.
"They should educate people so they don't waste water, such as promoting the use of water-saving shower heads, instead of cutting off service," he said.
Officials say they have no choice: An unusually dry rainy season last year left the city's Cutzamala water system, comprising seven reservoirs, at 63 percent capacity compared to 85 percent in previous years, according to a
The system supplies 25 percent of the metropolitan area's water.
Built on a lake bed,
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