Statewide, residents reduced their water use by 29 percent in May, the largest decline since Gov. Jerry Brown began calling for water usage cuts last year because of the state’s severe drought situation.
The city’s numbers for June are also impressive.
“Our numbers are in for June and we realized a 25 percent reduction in water use as compared to the same time period in 2013,” said Public Works Director Mark Lewis. “This is great news and our community should be proud and should be praised for their efforts.”
The City Council on May 19 declared a “Water Supply Shortage Alert” in response to the ongoing severe drought, the governor's executive order and the State Water Resources Control Board's emergency regulations that require the city to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent.
The alert requires all water customers to adjust their water use to comply with the Gov. Brown’s mandatory water conservation regulations that took effect on June 1 and will remain in effect until further notice.
Fountain Valley’s water usage for May averaged 55.2 gallons per person per day.
“While we achieved a 25 percent reduction for June, our overall reduction for the 270-day drought period declared by the governor (June 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016) is at 3 percent,” Lewis said. “This is still great news in that if we continue with our water habits that were displayed in June and achieve similar results, we will ultimately meet or exceed our required 20 percent reduction.”
City officials remind residents that watering is limited to two days a week. Even-numbered addresses can water on Sundays and Thursdays, and odd-number addresses can water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Watering is allowed for no more than 15 minutes per station between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. with no runoff.
Customers who violate the regulations will be issued a warning for the first violation and will be subject to possible fines for continued violations.