San Diego Coastkeeper Says Latest Report Shows Immediate Need for Permanent Conservation Regulations

by on October 11, 2016 · 1 comment

in California, Environment, History, Politics, San Diego

water-faucetSan Diego Coastkeeper has released a statement in response to latest release from California State Water Resources Control Board, Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August.

This statement is submitted by San Diego Coastkeeper’s Legal and Policy Director Matt O’Malley:

“We are still very much in a drought. Our southern coast lies somewhere between extreme to exceptional drought. The monthly conservation numbers released by the State Water Resources Control Board yesterday prove that without the statewide conservation mandate, we are seeing bad habits once again take hold.”

In August, California’s south coast averaged 15.4 percent water conservation, even worse than the recently released statewide conservation numbers for August — 17.7 percent.

In response to the latest numbers the San Diego County Water Authority once again advertised that San Diego has plenty of water.

This continues to be the wrong message to be sending to local residents as it conveys a mixed message that we don’t need to conserve.

Mixed messages like these lead to excessive water use.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District reported an average use of 524 gallons per capita. Contrast this with those areas that are doing a better job of conserving, such as the Sweetwater Authority — which reported an average use of 68.5 gallons per capita per day.”

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Avatar Debbi October 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

The City continues to approve building and development so why can anyone take conservation seriously?

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