Long Beach Reduces December Water Use by 10% Compared to 2013

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On Friday, the Long Beach Water Department reported that residents and businesses reduced water use in December by 10 percent compared to December 2013. The city used about 4,080 acre-feet of water in December.

“The winter rains cannot allow us to ease up on conservation,” said Frank Martinez, President of the Board of Water Commissioners. “We are still in a serious drought, and we need to continue with serious savings to hit our 16 percent statewide mandate.”

“Don’t let the recent rain fool you,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The drought continues, and we need to redouble our conservation efforts.”

The Mayor and Councilmembers have joined the water conservation campaign MissionH2OLB by taking individual pledges to save water. Follow LBWater on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see the pledges. Long Beach Water’s “MissionH2OLB” conservation campaign aims to help the city use water efficiently, meet the state’s target, and still enjoy the community’s lifestyle. By visiting www.lbwater.org/mission, residents can calculate their water usage to see if they are meeting the Long Beach target, take the pledge to save water and listen to song playlists by two local bands to remind them to take a one-song shower.

“If every resident in Long Beach saves just 10 more gallons of water each week, our conservation savings will increase by 1 percent,” said Chris Garner, General Manager of the Long Beach Water Department. “Every small action you can do indoors and outdoors makes a difference.”

Residents and businesses are urged to turn sprinklers off during and after rain storms to get big water savings. There are still rebates available for rain barrels ($75 rebate) and weather based irrigation controllers ($120 rebate) that automatically shut sprinklers off when it rains. Funding is limited and provided on a first-come/first-served basis at www.socalwatersmart.com.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has mandated Long Beach to cut its water use by 16 percent cumulatively compared to 2013 until February of this year.

  • June 2015, 19% reduction
  • July 2015, 19% reduction
  • August 2015, 17.7% reduction
  • September 2015, 18.6% reduction
  • October 2015, 16.3% reduction
  • November 2015, 11.6% reduction
  • December 2015, 9.8% reduction

Long Beach Water is an urban, Southern California retail water supply agency, and the standard in water conservation and environmental stewardship.

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