California Cuts Water Use


Last updated 12/2/2015 at 2:27pm

The October conservation numbers released by the State Water Resources Control Board, showed that Californians reduced their water use by 22 percent in October announced state officials Tuesday, Dec. 1. Although less than Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate, it is still a significant drop. Early next year, the board will vote on whether to extend the regulations through to next fall.

Last month, the Coachella Valley Water District was one of four districts fined $61,000 for repeated failure to meet their conservation goals. Although they have appealed the decision, it has raised the question of what could be done with the money if the decision is upheld.

Criscq Carrigan, director of the board’s office of enforcement says, “ In the Coachella Valley, the fine might help buy more efficient swamp coolers for homes in the poorest sections of the district’s service area. The idea is to use this fine money for extraordinary conservation efforts, not to do what they’re already required to do, such as hiring enforcement staff and giving rebates on water-efficient appliances.”


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