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Local customers continue to exceed water-saving mandates

 

Water customers in Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley exceeded their water saving goals in September, and came close in Atherton. But the California Water Service's Bear Gulch district as whole is not doing so well – it only reduced water use by 29 percent in September from 2013 levels.

Cal Water's Bear Gulch District director Dawn Smithson said the district is doing better cumulatively, though, and is at a 35.7 reduction from the same period in 2013. Between June this year and February of next year, the district has been ordered by the state to reduce water use by 36 percent from the same months in 2013.

"We want to thank our customers for their ongoing efforts and encourage them to keep it up as we go into the fall and winter months, when conservation tends to be more difficult, given less outdoor use," Ms. Smithson said.

"We are encouraging our customers to contact us if they need assistance reducing their use," she said. The district has a "robust conservation program with multiple tools, programs, and rebates available for them, and we can help determine what may meet their needs."

In Woodside, customers cut their water use in September by 43 percent from September 2013, to an average usage of 58 units (a unit is 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons of water). Woodside customers have cut back by a cumulative 43 percent since June, according to district figures.

In Atherton, customers cut their water use in September by 33 percent from September 2013, to an average usage of 54 units. Atherton customers have cut back water use by a cumulative 39 percent since June, according to district figures.

In Portola Valley, customers cut their water use in September by 44 percent from September 2013, to an average usage of 28 units. Portola Valley customers have cut back water use by a cumulative 44 percent since June, according to district figures.

In Menlo Park, the customers who get their water from Cal Water cut their water use in September by 39 percent from September 2013, to an average usage of 16 units. Menlo Park's Bear Gulch customers have cut back water use by a cumulative 39 percent since June, according to district figures.

Cal Water's Ms. Smithson said the district's saving figure is less than those of the communities it serves because the district bases the figures sent to each community on bills that went out in September, which includes water used in August. The figure for the district, however, is for water actually used in September, and also include unincorporated areas and water that is not billed for such as that used for flushing, fire use or leaks in the system.

Menlo Park customers of the city's municipal water district did the best of all, cutting their water use by nearly 56 percent in September, according to figures from the city. The State Water Resources Control Board has ordered the district to reduce its water use by 16 percent from 2013 levels.

Ms. Smithson said 22 percent of the Bear Gulch District's customers received surcharges in September because they exceeded their monthly water budget.

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Posted by Kreiky
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Are we offering incentives to store rain water or recycle bath water tot eh yard yet?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Just got my usage info from Calwater. We used 126 gallons per day. We were below our allotted amount. "like" households used a whopping 3063 gallons PER DAY! What the hell? Who uses that much water in a day?


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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

I happened to have to drive through Atherton a couple days ago, and I see no sign of a single distressed or thirsty plant there. I was amazed at how green everything was? Guess the rules just don't apply to really rich people.


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