The impact of California's drought on San Diego County

California's Santa Catalina Island Braces for Water Rationing

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    Santa Catalina Island is bracing for water rationing this summer, and perhaps even more severe restrictions in the fall that could have a devastating effect on its tourism industry.

    The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that in July, the island's 2,200 Southern California Edison ratepayers will have to cut water use by 25 percent, or face penalties on their bills.

    If drought conditions continue, Edison warns it could be forced to reduce water usage by 50 percent in November.

    Business leaders say if that happens, restaurants may have to use paper and plastic plates and utensils and hotels may have to turn away customers.

    Island tourism has risen in the last four years and several projects are underway, including a museum, hotel and spa scheduled to open in July.