Californians save 1.1 million acre-feet of water, miss conservation goal

Feb 25, 2016 2:59 PM by David McVicker

Californian’s just nearly missed Governor Jerry Brown’s 25 percent water conservation mandate in January, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Thursday.

The board reported that people of the state are still doing well, however water use increased slightly in January bringing the conservation percentage below 25, at 24.8 percent.

However, there is good news in California’s conservation efforts. Experts reported that the state has conserved more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water from last June to January. Experts said they hope the state will be able to meet its goal of 1.2 million acre-feet by the end of February.

“We’re hoping for every raindrop and every snowflake we can handle. We’re hoping for a miracle March and an awesome April. But we can’t know what the next couple months will bring. And a warm and dry February has proved that we can’t count on El Niño to save us,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Californians have risen to the occasion as never before. But we have to stay the course. We have to keep it up.”

Despite all the good news, California remains in a drought for the ages.

Statewide, the conservation rate dropped from 18.4 percent in December 2015 to 17.1 percent in January, likely because January 2016 was warmer than January 2013.

Nonetheless, average per capita water use declined from 67 gallons per person per day in December 2015 to 61 gallons in January, the lowest statewide per-person rate since water-use reporting began in June 2014.

Californians can view all the data from the State Water Resources Control Board here.


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