Chico conserves while southern California let's the water flow

Dec 2, 2014 2:23 PM by News Staff

While North State residents appear to be going above and beyond with their water conservation efforts, residents elsewhere are falling well short of the statewide goal to cut water use by 20 percent during this current drought.

New state water board figures Tuesday show Californians used 6.7 percent less water last month compared to October of last year. That's down from an 11.6 percent reduction last month. The monthly conservation report comes from a survey of nearly 400 urban water retailers, including California Water Service, which is a major water supplier for several communities including the City of Chico.

In fact, Chico residents have done their part during the drought, cutting back their water use by 31 percent this past November compared to November 2013."Residents here have responded real well," said Peter Bonacich, California Water Service district manager.

Water board staffer Eric Oppenheimer says that lost ground stems mainly from high water use in some Southern California communities. That includes average daily water use of 578 gallons a person in the city of Gowan Heights, compared to a state average of 71 gallons per person per day.

California is in its third year of drought.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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