June’s 27.3 percent statewide reduction is compared to June 2013, the baseline year that the state uses.
SACRAMENTO, CA-(Marketwired – Jul 30, 2015) – Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement on urban water conservation levels for June reported by the State Water Resources Control Board today. They also will review local water conservation rules and suggest ways the cities can boost savings, such as strengthening enforcement for people wasting water and toughening rules for landscape watering.
“The beauty of this system is that it sends reports directly to the water suppliers”, Marcus said. June was the first month when conservation will count toward that target.
Here are the other local conservation numbers, based on water district.
“We are on track to achieving our Billion Gallon Challenge by February 2016, but we need everyone in Burbank – residents and businesses alike – to continue to stay the course”, said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager at Burbank Water and Power, in an email Thursday.
San Gabriel Valley Water Company – reduced water use by 35 percent in June, 1.5 times greater than the 23 percent reduction recorded in May.
Tops among the region’s water savers were the oft-criticized customers in the Santa Fe Irrigation District, who cut back by 37 percent over June 2013.
Governor Jerry Brown previously ordered an overall 25% reduction in urban water use. “Californians and water suppliers that serve them have stepped up big time”, water board chair Felicia Marcus told reporters in a conference call.
265 water suppliers, serving 27.2 million people met or exceeded their conservation standard.
California is in the midst of its fourth straight year of drought, the worst one on record.
Forty-six percent of California is under exceptional drought, the most severe of the U.S. Drought Monitor’s four categories used to measure drought severity. But while they issued more than 500 warnings, they didn’t levy a single financial penalty. The District has implemented penalties for excessive water use and a drought surcharge to discourage excess water use.
California ReLeaf has partnered with Save Our Water, a coalition of the California Division of Water Assets and Affiliation of California Water Businesses, to launch a marketing campaign informing residents about correct tree care in the course of the drought. Some by huge margins, such as Menlo Park in the Bay Area, which saved close to triple its 16% target.