LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he is aiming to reduce the city’s water use by 20 percent over the next three years, using a mixture of voluntary restrictions for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments, according to a press release.

Garcetti explained, when announcing the plan, that the city’s existing reductions in water use were inadequate given the severity of the drought, stated the release.

The release reported that the 3.9 million residents of Los Angeles were asked to limit watering their lawns to twice a week and city departments were ordered to reduce the watering of municipal lawns.

Garcetti warned that if the restrictions and other water efficiency measures do not meet the goal, Los Angeles could impose mandatory restrictions on residents, including limits on car washing, reducing outdoor watering from three days a week to two and requiring all pools to be covered to reduce evaporation, continued the release.

“The ongoing drought has created a water crisis second to none,” said Garcietti in the announcement. “We need bold action.”

Read the entire release here.