HEAT HURTS DROUGHT REDUCTION
AUGUST PRODUCTION DOWN ONLY 23%
After a great month in July, in which Camrosa customers reduced water use by 32 percent, August
residental water production was down only 23 percent. Any number of things can contribute to
increased water use, but the main driving factor is temperature, and, as we all know, late
July and August saw their fair share of heat.
Governor Brown's April 1st Executive Order called for a 25-percent reduction statewide from
water use in 2013. The State Board distributed that reduction over a number of conservation tiers,
requiring different reductions from different agencies based on per-capita water use. Camrosa is
required to reduce 32 percent over the drought period, from June of this year through February 2016.
In July of this year,
California reduced 31.3 percent, continuing the trend of exceeding
the statewide conservation target started in June. This means that the majority of
the state's 405 urban water suppliers exceeded, met, or were within one percent their reduction targets.
Those that were not within that one percent, including Camrosa, received a
Notice of Violation (NOV)
requiring that agencies "comply with the Emergency Regulation immediately."
What the NOV did not mention, and what the state has not yet made clear, is what
may happen to or be required of agencies who continue to fall short of their
conservation targets, and how state actions may affect customers.
Most of our customers are doing an excellent job; reducing more than a quarter of residential water use
over a three-month period is no small feat, and everyone's hard work is appreciated. We do, unfortunately,
still have a ways to go, and probably another couple months of warm weather. So we need everyone to keep their
efforts up and our reduction tracking towards that 32-percent target. If you're not sure where you are,
you can check your usage with the
Monthly Drought Tracker on the new bill format.
Visit our conservation page for tips and resources to continue
conserving, and make sure you're meeting Stage Three Water Supply Shortage requirements:
- Outdoor landscape irrigation is limited to TWO NIGHTS A WEEK,
between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.
- Filling or refilling pools is prohibited except for health and safety reasons
- No new potable water service will be provided
- Water leaks are to be corrected in 24 hours
- Wash-down of hard pavement is prohibited
- Drinking water to be served only upon request at eating or drinking facilities
Stage Three also states that “the District may implement other water use requirements as determined
by the Board to meet water supply shortage or water emergency conditions.” If additional drought
contingencies arise and the Board determines further action is required, our customers will be duly
noticed, and this page will continue to be updated. For details, see the
Emergency Stages excerpted from Ordinance 40-15.