According to the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) water use is on the decline despite above-average temperatures during the summer months, but there is still more to do.
Water use in the Santa Clarita Valley has declined since May of 2021, but there is more work to be done to meet the governor’s 15% voluntary water conservation target in comparison to 2020, SCV Water officials said.
Through proactive long-term planning, SCV Water has invested in reliable and drought-resilient water supplies as well as implemented a robust water conservation program for customers. However, while the community has saved water compared to earlier this year, the community at large is still above water use measured in July of last year.
Los Angeles County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, is experiencing an “exceptional drought,” and it’s set to be one of the driest years on record. The governor declared a drought emergency in July for most counties across the state along with calling on all Californians to voluntarily save 15% of their water use.
According to the report released by the State Water Resources Control Board in September,
Californians overall reduced water use by 1.8% statewide compared to July 2020. For SCV Water, customer water use increased by 5.6% more for the month of July 2021 versus July 2020. Figures for the month of September show that SCV Water use continues to decline but is still 1.1% above water consumption from September 2020.
“Thanks to our customers’ diligent, ongoing water-saving efforts, we’re heading in the right direction, but we have more to do,” said SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “Together, we can all do our part, so we have enough to meet our needs in the coming years,” noted Stone.
Although SCV Water’s reduction in water use fell short of meeting the 15% target for July, the first reportable period since the governor’s executive order was signed, SCV Water’s team is confident that customer water savings is trending in the right direction. The Agency anticipates an increase in water savings as they head into fall and winter thanks to the cooler temperatures and additional time to provide customers with education and outreach on the drought.
Ways You Can Save
SCV Water customers can often reach 15% water savings with just a few simple adjustments in irrigation practices. By far, the highest part of overall water use is outdoors. As weather cools, landscape watering can be cut back to two days a week. Fixing leaks and adjusting timers can have a big impact.
For those with little or no landscaping, upgrading outdated indoor fixtures can also be easy areas to save. SCV Water offers our customers a wide variety of resources and incentives to save water at home and in businesses:
- Residents, businesses, HOAs and others can save water and money through turf replacement, smart irrigation controllers, high-efficiency irrigation upgrades, and more.
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