On Second Thought, L.A. County Facilities Have Reduced Water Use

A revised report on water consumption by Los Angeles County facilities shows a 7.4% reduction in water use between fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2015. The new report is a welcomed reversal from last month’s initial estimate showing a 4% increase in overall consumption.

Officials are blaming problems with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s billing system for the earlier estimate. A “delayed submission” of bills by the DWP caused water use in 2014 to be counted towards the following year, they said.

Despite Friday’s positive figures, the county still has more work to do to fulfill Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25% reduction. County officials are mulling ways to do just that, ranging from discontinuation of use of potable water to irrigate grass at county facilities to an update of their cooling tower water treatment systems.

Read more about the new report here.

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