City Of Newport Beach Faces Deep Water Cuts

Newport Beach, California. Lush. Green. Wealthy. It has a beautiful, big marina. But, it's facing a fat 35% cut in its water as part of Governor Jerry Brown's effort to slash water use in the state by a mandatory 25%.

Newport Beach is one of 135 communities hit with the huge 35% proposed cut. Many are wealthy areas like this one, Beverly Hills and Westlake Village's Las Virgenes Water District. And, those with that large a cut are getting nailed because they are viewed as 'water wasters' that haven't done enough to conserve.

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But, when you ask people around "Do you think this community is a water waster?" Some we talked with said 'No' I don't think so at all.'"

Neither does George Murdoch. He's the utilities general manager for Newport Beach. He was shocked when he heard Tuesday night his city would have to cut his city's water 35% from about 915 acre foot to 633.

"It's going to be very hard, near to... impossible yeah," says Murdoch.

To be fair he and his city have done alot in the past seven years to conserve. Recently, they installed drought resistent plants in a number of areas around the city. They also put out abrochure to guide locals and what they can do to help.

To Murdoch, "our residents are environmentally conscious. We have been doing it (conservation) a long time. But, apparently, it hasn't been enough for the state or the cuts wouldn't be this drastic.

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