San Diego County Water Use Plummeted in December

The County of San Diego is getting some major kudos thanks to a steep reduction in water usage which occurred last month.

According to the San Diego County Water Authority, San Diegans decreased water use by 29% in December, compared to the same month in 2013. That’s enough water to serve 21,000 four-person households for a year. The increased conservation came despite a fourteenth consecutive month of above-average temperatures.

"People across the county capitalized on the wet weather and achieved an extraordinary reduction in water use last month," said Mark Weston, chairman of the authority's Board of Directors. But regardless of how much rainfall it is receiving, he added, the county must continue to strive towards greater conservation.

Dana Friehauf, an acting water resources manager for the authority, similarly cautioned residents not to get too comfortable with the recent rainfall.

“While rainstorms over the past several weeks are welcome, don’t be fooled into thinking that the drought is over,” Friehauf said. “Reservoir storage levels remain low, and it’s far too early to be certain about our water supplies for 2015. That means we all need to redouble our efforts to improve stored water reserves in coming months.”

Read more about the new figures here.