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This week, California restaurants were told they can't offer water unless customers ask, and hotel guests must have the option not to get their towels washed every day. State officials call that a crackdown. Meantime, the Metropolitan Water District says the drought's been going on for nine years, not just three, and it's paying rice farmers more than three times what it has before to give up allocations of water. Is there water rationing in our future?  

Photo: Robert Couse-Baker

Guests:
Emily T. Green, San Francisco Chronicle / KCRW's Independent Producer Project, @emilytgreen
Matt Petersen, City of Los Angeles, @mattspete
Max Gomberg, State Water Resources Control Board, @CaWaterBoards
Deven Upadhyay, Metropolitan Water District, @mwdh20

More:
Metropolitan Water District on California's drought
MWD on possibility of limiting imported water supplies this summer
State Water Control Board expands, extends emergency water conservation regulation

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Claire Martin

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