SLO County cities meeting water use mandates
November 2, 2015
Six of the seven cities in San Luis Obispo County are meeting their water conservation targets set by California regulators, according to data released by the State Water Resources Control Board. One city, Grover Beach, did not submit its water usage in time, according to the state report.
In April, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order mandating cities and towns in California cut their water use by an average of 25 percent compared to 2013 levels. State regulators then set target conservation amounts for each city.
Last week, the state water board released a report stating each city’s water savings over the period of June 15 through Sept. 15.
In comparison to 2013 levels, cities in San Luis Obispo County reduced their usage by the following amounts:
Arroyo Grande: 35.6 percent
Atascadero: 32.9 percent
Morro Bay: 18.2 percent
Paso Robles: 33 percent
Pismo Beach: 24.9 percent
San Luis Obispo: 22.6 percent
Statewide, Californians reduced their water usage by 26.1 percent. However, several water districts missed their targets by considerable amounts.
The state imposed $61,000 fines apiece on Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District. State regulators are threatening cease and desist orders and $10,000 a day fines if the violators do not conserve more water.
Other cities also missed their targets by considerable amounts, but regulators say they are targeting districts with the funds to achieve significant water savings.