State fails to meet conservation threshold

By on December 2, 2015
State fails to meet conservation threshold

Under Governor Jerry Brown’s state of emergency, in response to the California drought, residents across the state were ordered to conserve water. Although the state, as a whole, has conserved 27.1 percent in the last five months, October’s numbers failed to meet the Governor’s 25 percent conservation threshold. Instead, California saved 22.2 percent.

“We anticipated a dip in the conservation rate for October, but it is not because people are losing interest – they actually did quite well considering how unusually hot it was in October,” Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said in a statement. “It’s harder to keep the percentages up in the fall and winter when little outdoor watering takes place. That’s why the savings over the summer were so important. Now, we need to keep finding ways to save water. While El Nino storms may bring significant rain this winter, the depth of our drought and the uncertainty of the amount, type, and location of precipitation means we have to continue conserving every way we can. In other words, unless we get a ton of snow in the Sierras that lasts through April, every drop saved today is one we’ll be glad we have tomorrow.”

From June through October 2015, the state of California has saved 913,851 acre-feet of water.