Regional Water Reductions Solid at 37 Percent in July

SACRAMENTO– Sacramento-area residents conserved 37 percent in July compared to the same month in 2013, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and Sutter counties. The findings come from a review of July water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).

“Local residents continue to demonstrate their commitment to helping the state endure the drought,” said Amy Talbot, RWA’s Water Efficiency Program Manager, adding that reductions came despite seven 100-plus degree days in July.

“We ask that everyone continue to conserve during these last hot days of summer and into the fall,” Talbot said. “Keep limiting landscape watering, letting your lawn go golden while taking steps to save trees.”

As the drought drags on, RWA is preparing to ramp up a grant-funded program to replace water-wasting toilets, showerheads and aerators in disadvantaged communities, as well as offer additional “Water School” classes for those who want to learn how to use water wisely at home (or erase a fine for violating their water provider’s water conservation guidelines).

Many water providers throughout the region have increased their existing services and programs to help customers conserve. Information about Water School, watering guidelines and rebate programs, as well as tips for reducing water use, are available at BeWaterSmart.info.

About the Regional Water Authority: RWA is a joint powers authority representing two dozen water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.