Californians’ Water Conservation Improves Slightly

Californians have improved their water conservation efforts but still have room for improvement, according to new state figures released last week.

The new data from the State Water Resources Control Board shows statewide water use reductions of 9.8 percent in November of 2014, compared to the same time the previous year. It was also an improvement over the month of October when water use was down by just 6.8 percent.

Nevertheless, the figures still fall shy of Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious goal for a 20 percent voluntary reduction. In addition, some regions continue to significantly outperform others. While the Bay Area and Sacramento saw cuts of 18 and 25 percent in November, Southern California reduced its usage by just 3.2 percent.

State water board officials acknowledged that temperature differences account for some of the discrepancies in water usage, but they still want to see more progress.

“While the South Coast has been a water conservation leader for several decades, we remain concerned the current drought effort has not translated into more aggressive conservation there,” said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Board. “That said, we are encouraged by what we have heard from water districts in the South Coast hydrologic region, including L.A. Mayor (Eric) Garcetti’s ambitious 20 percent reduction goal, and we expect to see better in 2015.”

Read more about the latest conservation figures here.