While the state as a whole conserved more than 26 percent in September, four water agencies were fined for failing to meet their mandated conservation standards. The city of Beverly Hills, city of Indio, city of Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District are each being fined $61,000 as a penalty.
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has the power to fine water suppliers $500 per day for violating the emergency conservation regulations.
“Up and down the state, residents and water suppliers are making the necessary sacrifices needed to help California meet its conservation goals. However, some urban water suppliers simply have not met the requirements laid before them,” said Cris Carrigan, director of the Office of Enforcement. “For these four suppliers, it’s been too little too late to achieve their conservation standard.”
In September alone, the state saved 165,233 acre-feet of water, which translates to 53.8 billion gallons. The state saved 26.1 percent in September, a small drop from 27 percent in August.