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Twenty-Percent Conservation Is A High-Water Mark

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Conservation efforts in the City of Sacramento saved 200-million gallons of water last month but Sacramentans failed to meet the City's 20-percent water-conservation target for the month of February.
Jessica Hess with the Department of Utilities says demand did decrease by 8-million gallons a day.
 
"The City considers 12-percent in February to be a great number," explains Hass. "It's important to remember that February even in a non-drought year is a low water-use month. A lot of our customers turn off irrigation or use it less simply because it's cooler and wetter."
Other cities did a better job with their conservation percentages. 

Citrus Heights' water use fell by about 20-percent in February compared to the same month the past two years. Dave Kane is with the Citrus Heights Water District.

"We sent out a newsletter to all of our customers outlining what we were asking them to do and we stressed to our customers that the best way to meet the 20-percent would be to discontinue outdoor watering at this time of year," says Kane. Citrus Heights has no plans to increase conservation measures.
Future conservation efforts for the City of Sacramento will include utility bill inserts, restaurant table placards,and  bus advertising.

Jessica Hess with the Department of Utilities says a training program will also return for people interested in becoming "Water Ambassadors."

"They would be able to go to community events and speak to people as a neighbor and a friend as opposed to a city official who's talking to you about these particular rules and regulations that you might need to follow along with," says Hess.

This week, the Sacramento City Council approved a cash-for-grass program where people would be paid to swap out their front lawns for drought tolerant landscaping. 

Other cities considering more conservation efforts include Roseville. The city manager there could declare within the next two weeks whether Roseville will enter a mandatory drought stage.

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