Sacramento area residents use 22 percent less thanks to early winter storms

Sacramento area residents use 22 percent less thanks to early winter storms

Sacramento-area residents reduced their water use by 22 percent in November 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA). The findings come from reviewing November water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).

“We’re asking everyone to keep up the great work by turning sprinklers off during rain and fixing household leaks,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “We know through research that it’s easy for people to ignore those annoying little faucet and shower drips. But, it’s important to remember that all of those little drips can quickly add up and that fixing leaks is often easier than you think.”

Conservation could be due to, in part, the extraordinary amount of rainfall Sacramento received in the first two months of the water year, toping more than 7.5 inches. In comparison, Sacramento only received 7.87 inches of rain for all of 2020.

In addition to asking customers to conserve water and stop waste, local water providers are also preparing for the weather extremes that are projected to come more frequently with climate change.

“The precipitation whiplash—from extreme drought to historic precipitation—is a case study in climate change,” said RWA Executive Director Jim Peifer. “Innovative storage solutions, such as the Sacramento Regional Water Bank, will help the Sacramento region adapt to this new reality.”

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority representing 20 water providers serving 2 million people in the greater Sacramento region. Formed in 2001, its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources. Learn more at

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