Claremont Reduces Water Use By 40% in May

City Manager's Letter, July 2, 2015

California’s urban water suppliers reported the highest level of conservation achieved to date for the month of May. The State Water Resources Control Board announced that statewide residential water use declined 28.9 percent in May, the steepest drop since Governor Jerry Brown called on all Californians to conserve water in the face of limited supplies. Claremont reduced their water use by 40% more in May 2015 over water use in May 2013. By restricting outdoor watering to twice weekly, cutting back on watering on medians and parks, and reducing indoor use, Claremont has done an outstanding job of meeting the 32% reduction goal set by the State for Claremont. These conservation measures will need to continue into the hot summer months when water use is at its highest.

To view the entire report, please visit: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/press_room/press_releases/2015/pr070115_may_conservation.pdf

Golden State Water Activates Stage 1 of Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing Filing

Golden State Water Company has activated Stage 1 of its Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing filing for all water systems, following approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Stage 1 restrictions assign two outdoor irrigation days as well as times when outdoor watering is permitted for each water system. Failure to comply with these restrictions could result in a written warning, installation of a flow restrictor for a minimum of seven days, or termination of water service. Restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or micro spray systems.

The Stage 1 activation will not significantly affect Claremont customers, given that outdoor irrigation was already limited to two days each week since May.

Progression to additional Stages or a reduction in the number of watering days would only be necessary if the community falls short of reaching the state’s 32% conservation goal or if a water shortage emergency warrants the action.

Note: Claremont residents decreased their water use in May by 40%.

On June 1, 2015, Golden State Water filed its Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plans for all water systems, and on June 30, 2015, the CPUC approved the activation of Stage 1 in all areas. The City of Claremont filed a protest letter with the CPUC, calling for additional review of the Conservation and Rationing Filing. The City outlined its concerns with the notification process, appeal process, and its effect on the Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism (WRAM). For additional information on Golden State Water please visit www.gswater.com

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