According to monthly conservation numbers released by the State Water Resources Control Board today, water conservation in California has continued to drop since the 25 percent statewide conservation mandate was weakened.
Five months have passed since the decision to place water conservation targets in the hands of water agencies, and water savings have consistently worsened since 2015:
- June: 21 percent conservation (23 percent lower than 2015)
- July: 20 percent conservation (36 percent lower than 2015)
- August: 17.7 percent conservation (36 percent lower than 2015)
- September: 18.3 percent conservation (32 percent lower than 2015)
- October: 19.5 percent conservation (13 percent lower than 2015)
This year’s numbers are significantly lower than in 2015. Orange County Coastkeeper says these reports prove that California needs permanent conservation regulations.
“Water efficiency must be our way of life – rain or shine,” says Orange County Coastkeeper executive director Garry Brown. “When we ignore cost-effective solutions like conservation and groundwater recycling, we allow corporations like Poseidon to take advantage of our community by selling expensive water we don’t need.”
California is now in its fifth year of drought more than 60 percent of the state in severe drought conditions. Although winter rains can provide a false sense of security, a hotter and drier future continues to threaten the environment, economy and health in Orange County.
Orange County Coastkeeper says California can become a global leader in water efficiency by utilizing local, sustainable water supply options. According to Coastkeeper, the region has seen promising success with conservation through drought-tolerant landscape transitions, wastewater recycling and stormwater capture. Sustainable water supply options like direct potable reuse and instituting permanent conservation regulations statewide are California’s best bet.
This article was released by Orange County Coastkeeper.