CAMROSA REDUCES ONLY 20% IN OCTOBER
Camrosa Water District's potable water production was down only 20 percent in October, bringing our cumulative
reduction to 25 percent. This represents Camrosa's worst month of savings yet, dropping us a full 12 points from
the 32-percent conservation target the State Water Board established for Camrosa.
The State is still exceeding the 25-percent reduction goal Governor Brown instituted last April; in September, the
state reduced 26 percent overall, maintaining a 29-percent cumulative reduction.
With daily reminders about the drought—from brown lawns to billboards to graphs on your water bill—it’s easy to start
thinking drought is the “new normal” and to lose a bit of steam. But it’s too early to stop being vigilant;
on October 29, four Southern California water agencies that missed their conservation targets were fined $61,000 each, or $500 a
day since June 1. Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands, and Coachella are all in 24 to 36-percent conservation tiers,
and have reduced their water use between 20 and 28 percent. In other words, they’re very much like Camrosa.
It’s now clear that the State Board is not afraid to issue penalties. Should the State Board impose them on
Camrosa for being over our target, it is expected that fines will be distributed proportionately to those
customers that miss their targets.
Heading into the winter months, especially one that every meteorologist under the sun seems to be guaranteeing
will be wet, wet, wet, it’s tempting to think the worst is behind us. But even if this winter brings an El Niño
that dumps more rain than any El Niño ever has, it still won’t be enough to end the drought. Southern California’s
reservoirs need four years of above-average rainfall to fully recover, and what the Sierra Nevadas need is
snow—the Delta is supplied throughout the spring, summer, and fall by snowmelt.
California has to start thinking about its current situation not as a weather anomaly, but as a permanent water-supply
deficiency resulting from increasing demand and decreasing reliability.
It’s that attitude that has driven Camrosa over the last 20 years to develop local-resource alternatives to
imported State Water Project water, including the Round Mountain desalination facility, the diversion structure,
our non-potable and recycled systems, and the new well being built in Woodcreek Park.
Proactive direction from the Camrosa Board, along with the continued support of our customers and increased water consciousness, will help keep
Camrosa one step ahead of the region’s deepening water crisis—whether the weather cooperates or not.