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Water Conservation Reaches Almost 29 Percent throughout California for the Month of May

July 2, 2015
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday announced that compared with May 2013, urban water usage is down 28.9 percent.
This encouraging news reflects efforts being made by Californians to save water with the state in its fourth year of drought.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order on April 1 requiring SWRCB to implement restrictions that mandate a 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide based on 2013 consumption. This amounts to 1.5 million acre-feet of water over a nine month period. These standards, which went into effect on June 1, leave it up to local agencies to determine where and how to save. Because outdoor irrigation accounts for up to 80 percent of residential water use, local agencies are encouraged to focus on savings in this area.
Enforcement and compliance statistics reported for the month of May also indicate that water suppliers are following up on water waste complaints and issuing formal warnings and penalties against alleged violators. Complaints are a very important tool for identifying leaks and overwatering that could go undetected for weeks resulting in millions of gallons of wasted water. This latest information comes ahead of the June reporting period, the first month that the new statewide conservation standards were in effect and measured.
SWRCB also released a fact sheet detailing the May conservation progress. Additional information is available on the SWRCB website.
League Resources
The League has created a Water Issues Listserv to facilitate solution-oriented communication by city staff about local policy, community outreach efforts and technical issues related to water conservation, stormwater and other water issues.
A wide range of resources are available on the League’s Water Hot Issues webpage.
Save Our Water
Launched in 2009, Save Our Water is a statewide program to help Californians reduce water usage. This program is a collaborative effort between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources. The web portal features water saving tips, fact sheets and other related information.

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