State hits water conservation mandate for the seventh straight month

Feb 2, 2016 1:39 PM by David McVicker

Representatives from the State of California are reporting that Californians have hit targets in water reduction for the seventh straight month. Governor Jerry Brown praised state efforts to reduce water use during the last three months of 2015.

In December, the statewide conservation rate was 18.3 percent, down from 20.4 percent in November, compared to the same months in 2013.

A drop in the water conservation rate was expected during the cooler fall and winter months, when Californians use less water and there is less opportunity to save on outdoor water use compared with the hot summer months.

Average statewide water use declined from 76 gallons per person per day in November to 67 gallons in December, the second lowest per-person rate since water-use reporting began in June 2014.

State Water Resources Control Board officials are urging Californians to continue to conserve water through the winter months and beyond.

“While the recent rains and growing snowpack are wonderful to behold, we won’t know until spring what effect it will have on the bottom line for California’s unprecedented drought,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. “Until we can tally that ledger, we have to keep conserving water every way we can. Every drop saved today is one that we may be very glad we have tomorrow.”

Brown mandated a 25 percent water use reduction for cities and towns across California April 1, 2015. In May 2015, the State Water Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall urban water use.


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