Urban Californians used 27 percent less water in August than they did in the same month in 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board said today.
That’s the third straight month that local water suppliers have exceeded Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate of a 25 percent reduction in water use since the order went into effect in June. And it puts the state's cumulative reduction at almost 29 percent, and half-way to meeting the goal of 1.2 million acre-feet of water savings by February 2016. An acre-foot is the rough equivalent of a football field covered with one foot of water.
Locally, Menlo Park has racked up the second-largest percentage of urban water savings in the entire state: 49.5 percent since the governor's order has gone into effect. The city also leads all Bay Area water suppliers in terms of saving a larger percentage than mandated by the state. (The water board established different tiers for the reductions that local water agencies must reach. Those different levels depend on how much water local residents had been using on a per-capita basis.)
Top reductions over mandate in Bay Area
|Menlo Park||31.5 % better than mandate|
|Dublin San Ramon||31.2 % better than mandate|
|Hayward||26 % better than mandate|
|North Coast County Water District (Pacifica)||24.6 % better than mandate|
|Redwood City||24.5 % better than mandate|
Way to go, parsimonious Bay Area water users. Now maybe you need to send a delegation here.