Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Water Use Up for Third Straight Month|
By Hector Gonzalez
Customers of suppliers assigned the highest conservation standard -- 36 percent -- used between 216 and 614 gallons of water per person per day during the months of July, August and September.
For the first time, residents' water use will serve as the basis for keeping suppliers on track in meeting reduction goals. Essentially, it makes individual customers directly responsible for meeting the local conservation standard.
But even in communities where customers will be asked to cut back the most, a 36 percent reduction “will still leave these residents with a minimum of 137 and up to 393 gallons of water per person per day, far more than the accepted standard of 55 gallons per person per day for indoor use,” said Kostyrko.
Communities using less than 65 gallons per person per day will be required to reduce their overall water use by 8 percent.
Locally, Santa Monica has set its own internal goal of reducing water use by 20 percent from 2013 levels by December 2016.
So far, the city has reduced overall water use by 4 percent from 2013 to 2015, according to state Water Board data.
“Each month, the State Water Board will compare every urban water suppliers’ water use with their use for the same month in 2013 to determine if they are on track for meeting their conservation standard,” Kostyrko said.
State water regulators this week also focused on enforcement as part of a report summarizing the new tier rules and other conservation efforts. As of March, suppliers were required to report their local enforcement actions to the Water Board each month, but only 290 of 411 major suppliers provided the data, the agency said.
As of April, Santa Monica had issued 52 written warnings to local water wasters, according to the Water Board. In 15 cases, the warnings were related to runoff.
In another new rule, water suppliers also must now report the amount of water used by commercial businesses such as restaurants, nonprofit locations such as museums, and industrial users such as factories, Water Board officials said.
“Over the longer term, we have many ways to extend our precious water resources, particularly in urban areas,” said state Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus.
“This will be a heavy lift for some, but we believe that the regulatory strategy adopted is doable -- in fact, many communities that have focused on conserving water have already achieved significant conservation without losing their landscapes.”
City of Santa Monica Water Conservation
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