L.A. achieved record 11% reduction in water use in July

In another promising sign that residents are heeding their conservation call, Angelenos in July achieved an 11% reduction in water use – more than any other in July, officials said. announcement this week.

The report from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity comes as drought continues to deplete supplies in the region. But while July’s conservation has surpassed the record 9% drop achieved in LA in June, officials urged residents to keep going.

“It is clear that our customers have seen conservation as a way of life and are doing things like showering for shorter periods of time, watering only on designated days of the week and taking advantage of maintenance discounts. conserve our water to save water and save money,” DWP general manager and chief engineer Martin Adams said in a statement. “But our work is not done yet. We are now entering one of the hottest months of summer and asking our customers to continue to save every drop. “

Indeed, long-range forecasts indicate that the hottest, driest days of summer are yet to come, and forecasters say a stubborn La Niña climate pattern could persist into 2023. La Niña is generally associated with drier conditions in the Southwest.

More than 97% of California is experiencing severe, extreme or extreme drought, the three worst categories according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The state’s largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, is at 37% capacity.

The latest DWP report marks the second month of the introduction of the new water restrictions, effective June 1 and placing nearly 4 million Angelenos on two-day-a-week outdoor watering restrictions. Residents with odd addresses can water every Monday and Friday; Even-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays.

The restrictions come after the area’s major water wholesaler, Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, declared a water emergency due to extremely limited supplies. The State Water Project, which delivers water from Northern California to farmlands and cities in the South, has cut its allocation to just 5% this year.

Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of MWD, said at the time: “We are seeing conditions unlike anything we have ever seen before. “We need a serious reduction in demand.”

DWP officials say there are other signs of progress, including a significant increase in reports of water waste. The department’s water conservation response unit received more than 2,000 reports last month, compared with about 1,860 in July, officials said.

Officials say some common complaints are water running out of lawns and onto the street because of over-watering or people watering on the wrong day.

“The increase in water waste complaints we receive shows that people have a conscience when it comes to the water waste they see in their communities, and we are grateful to them because they are our eyes and ears. us because we can’t do it alone,” Anselmo Collins, senior assistant superintendent of water systems for the DWP, said in a statement.

But while the DWP reports positive savings, data released by the state last week shows Southern Californians are still saving less than their northern neighbors.

The latest findings from the State Water Resources Control Board show that the South Coast Hydrologic Area, where Los Angeles is located, saw a 5.9% decrease in water use in June, less than half the rate. with the San Francisco Bay Area, resulting in a 12.6% savings. The numbers are compared with the same month of 2020, the year the current drought started. July data is not yet available.

The number of South Coast regions are among the lowest in the state, followed only by Central Coast and Lake Tulare hydrology, which save 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively. .

Savings have accrued statewide since last July, when Governor Gavin Newsom urged all Californians to voluntarily save 15%, which is 7.7%.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-09/los-angeles-residents-water-conservation-record-in-july-california-drought L.A. achieved record 11% reduction in water use in July

Edmund DeMarche

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