Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday issued a directive that requires a reduction in city agencies’ fresh water use by 20 percent by 2017 and cuts in half the amount of water the Department of Water and Power can import by 2024.

As part of the new drought-driven measure, Garcetti is ordering city departments to replace lawns and other water-hungry landscapes at city facilities, along street medians and in sidewalk parkways...

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