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A new pilot program from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a substantial discount on a water-monitoring device, officials announced Thursday.

LADWP customers living in a single-family residence can purchase Flume, a device that tracks water usage, detects leaks and creates a water budget, for $49 through the program. The device typically sells for $199. After installing the device, customers are eligible for an additional $25 refundable deposit.

“We don’t need a crystal ball to see that skyrocketing temperatures and dying reservoirs are in our future, so we need to keep finding ways to help Angelenos double down on their historic efforts to conserve,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Garcetti added that the Flume device will give customers a better idea of where they need to do a better job of conserving water.

Los Angeles residents have conserved water at a historic pace this summer, with the city three straight months of record-low water usage. After reducing water use by 9% in June and 11% in July compared to the same month in the previous year, August saw a 10% reduction compared to the previous two years.

The reduction follows new water restrictions that went into effect June 1. They include restricting outdoor watering to two days per week, down from three, with watering permitted at odd-numbered street addresses on Mondays and Fridays, and at even-numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays.

With the Flume device, customers can track their water usage in real-time as opposed to relying on a bi-monthly LADWP bill.

“We can get this information into our customers’ hands in real time, empowering them to make more informed decisions about their water use, to detect a potential leak, and ultimately to save on their water bill,” said Martin L. Adams, general manager of LADWP.

Go to www.flumewater.com/ladwp for more information.

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