Sacramento Region Significantly Reduces Water Use in Response to Drought

Roseville reaches 20.3 percent water use reduction as of May

Sacramento-area residents have reduced their water use by more than 18 percent compared to use during the past two years, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of water use data and conservation information collected by RWA from local water agencies, accounting for more than 90 percent of customer accounts in the area.

Since February 2014, Roseville has averaged a 20.3 percent water use reduction compared to water use during the same months in 2012 and 2013.
California is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades, and the Sacramento region has been hit especially hard. Folsom Reservoir, a major water source for people and fish, reached historic lows this winter. To preserve water in the region's lakes and rivers, local water providers urged residents to conserve.

RWA's review found that the region's total water production from February through May was 30.2 billion gallons compared to an average of 37 billion gallons during the same timeframe in 2012 and 2013. February was chosen as the starting point for the analysis, because it was the first full month following the regional and statewide call for conservation.

"Clearly, residents have heard the call to conserve and have taken action," said RWA Executive Director John Woodling. "They absolutely deserve to be commended."

Woodling presented the region’s results to the State Water Resources Control Board on June 17 as part of a statewide update on actions taken by urban water suppliers to reduce water use during this year's drought.

Sacramento-area water providers, which includes the City of Roseville, for years have offered free services and rebates to help customers reduce their water use. To see what water efficiency programs and services offered by the City of Roseville, go to www.roseville.ca.us/savewater.