November Water Use in Long Beach Reduced By 12 Percent Compared to 2013

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On Friday, the Long Beach Water Department reports that residents and businesses reduced water use in November by 12 percent compared to November 2013. The city used about 4,169 acre-feet of water in November. Last month’s water use was the lowest since 1966.

“Although Long Beach did not meet the 16 percent target for November, we recognize that we can do better in the remaining months of the statewide mandate until February and beyond,” said Frank Martinez, President of the Board of Water Commissioners. “Even with the Weather Service advocating that a wet winter is on its way, it is important that we continue to remain on target and restrict water usage throughout the year.”

The average temperature last month in Long Beach was 74 degrees, three degrees warmer than the 10-year average of 71 degrees for the month of November. The 10-year average rainfall for the month of November in Long Beach is a little over half an inch, but the average rainfall last month was only 0.06 inches.

“I want to encourage residents to continue conserving and to really think about every drop of water we use,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’ve done a great job so far, but we need to keep it up, because the drought shows no sign of ending.”

Long Beach Water will be targeting high water users in the city to help them find ways to conserve water.

“Anything that you can do makes a big difference. If every resident in Long Beach saves just 10 gallons of water per week that will amount to a little more than 10 acre-feet, about 3 million gallons, of water saved each week,” said Chris Garner, General Manager of the Long Beach Water Department. “We need to do more than what we did in November, like fixing leaks, taking shorter showers and using available rebates to install high-efficiency devices.”

Single-family residences that purchase and install a high-efficiency toilet (1.1 gallons per flush or less) to replace a less-efficient toilet (using more than 1.6 gallons per flush) can receive up to $180 in rebates, previously rebated at $100. Residents must apply for the funding via both websites at and Funding is limited and provided on a first-come/first-served basis.

Long Beach Water continues to fund the Lawn-to-Garden program that provides residents $2.50 per square foot, for up to a thousand square feet, to remove their front lawn and replace their landscape with drought tolerant and California-native plants.

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, 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.

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 next 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

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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