LB continues record-setting lows for water consumption
2009-07-06 · By Editor
The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners last week announced that the city of Long Beach has set another 10-year record low for water consumption in June, marking the 14th consecutive month the city has achieved a new 10-year record low.
For the fiscal year, which began October 1, 2008, Long Beach water use is 16.6 percent below the historical 10-year average water use. June 2009 water consumption was 18.4 percent below the historical 10-year average water use. Per capita water use in the city of Long Beach is currently 105 gallons per person, per day, which is the lowest it’s been since 1945. The per capita number includes both residential and commercial water use in the City of Long Beach.
On July 1st, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) began to cut water deliveries to southern California by 10 percent due to three years of below average rainfall, supply constrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the real possibility that current and future regulatory restrictions in the Delta will prevent the state from adequately replenishing water supply reserves, even when wetter conditions return. Even though nearly half of Long Beach’s supply is imported water purchased from the MWD, the Long Beach Water Department foresees no impact on the city of Long Beach by these cuts in deliveries due to the city’s record-breaking conservation efforts.
“We are dealing with a permanent, structural water supply deficit,” stated Kevin L. Wattier, General Manager of the Long Beach Water Department, which has been a regular statement from Water Department management for the last two years. “While long-term solutions to this deficit are needed, we must make some hard choices on how much water we’re spending (ie. consuming) right now.”
On September 13, 2007, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners issued a Declaration of Imminent Water Supply Shortage and activated the City’s Emergency Water Supply Shortage Plan. As a result, the Board of Water Commissioners issued mandatory prohibitions on certain outdoor uses of water. The Board’s Declaration and implementation of permanent outdoor watering prohibitions in 2007 was specifically necessitated by the profound impact of permanent reductions to imported water deliveries into southern California; dramatic reductions in water storage levels in key reservoirs in northern California, along with climate realities.
Long Beach Water is an urban, Southern California retail water supply agency, and the standard in water conservation and environmental stewardship.