call to action

Call to Action

ACTION ITEM #1: WRITE A LETTER

Write to Felicia Marcus, head of the CA State Water Resources Control Board, by Feb 1, 2016 and let her know that we don’t want the state of California to relax the water conservation regulation from 25% to 21% or less.

Background

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency. On April 25, 2014 the Governor signed an Executive Order calling on the State to redouble state drought action.

On July 15, 2014, the State Water Board adopted Resolution 2014-0038, which adopted an emergency regulation for water conservation that added new sections to title 23 of the California Code of Regulations.

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-29-15, directing the State Water Board to impose restrictions to achieve a statewide 25 percent reduction in potable urban water usage through February 2016, as compared to the amount used in 2013.

While the state has experienced some much-needed snow and rainfall in December and January, surface storage remains at or near historic lows, precipitation has been inconsistent, and snowpack is about average as of January 15, 2016.

Future
On February 2, 2016, the State Water Board will consider a resolution to extend the existing May 2015 Emergency Regulation and maintain many of the same requirements that apply currently. This may include the relaxation of the statewide conservation standard of 25 percent reductions based on 2013 water use totals to no lower than 20 percent.

Wholly H2O opposes the relaxation of the water conservation standard requirements when reservoirs continue to be low, groundwater basins continue to be overdrafted, and one year of average or above rains will not remove the impacts of drought. Californians have already missed the 25% reduction standards for the months of November and December 2015.
Relaxing them further will encourage less conservation at a time when new habits are just being formed.

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ACTION ITEM #2: KNOW YOUR USE

Determine how much water you are using at home everyday.

It’s hard to know if you’re conserving water use without knowing how much water you are actually using now, or before you started to conserve. Here’s how to get yourself excited and accurate about decreasing water use every month. By comparing one
period to the next, you can see how well your water-reduction strategies are working.

Example of a Water Bill with Information About Usage
Here’s How
  • Pull out your bill from your water agency.
  • Look at the section that includes the Billing Explanation See example outlined in red to the left.
  • Take your Gal/Day (average gallons used by household for one day during this billing cycle) and divide it by the number of people in the household. Do this for both current year and for 2013. This is the amount each person uses per day.
A Shining Example

In the example below, in 2013, the average gallons per day was 93. The household had 4 people. Divide 93 by 4 to get 23.25 gallons per person per day for this billing cycle.

In the example below, in 2015, the average 51 gallons per day. The household had 3 people. Dividing 51 by 3 tells us that this household used 17 gallons per person per day for this billing cycle.

Figure out the percentage reduction, by plugging in 23.25 and 6.25 (the difference between 23.25 and 17) into a percentage calculator :

This household reduced 28.8 % in water use for the same period in the last two years.
Wow, that’s impressive for a household already so low in water use. How about at your house?

Image of a Utility Bill that demonstrates a sizeable reduction in water usage
The comparison with 2013 is due to the California mandate to reduce water use by 25% from 2013 totals statewide.
Share Your Reduction
Share an image of your water bill with your calculated reduction percentages by clicking the ‘take action’ link below.

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