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CONSERVING MORE WATER THAN WE USE

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6/26/2011 8:37:47 PM
Conserving More Water Than We UsePost: Nathan
I just read this article from the Press Enterprise. Take a look at this.

Seventeen of the 26 Southern California water agencies served by Metropolitan Water District used less Colorado River water in 2008 than in 1990, despite population gains.

While the population of the Colorado River basin grew by about 10 million people in those 18 years, water deliveries increased by only 600,000 acre-feet, less than what would have been expected had per-capita deliveries remained constant, author Michael Cohen said.

One acre-foot of water serves two families for a year.

In Southern California, deliveries dropped 4 percent between 1990 and 2008, despite population growth of 3.6 million people among the 26 water districts supplied by Metropolitan. Much of that decrease was a result of conservation measures such as aggressive public education campaigns and tiered rates that penalize heavy users, Cohen said.

Eastern spokesman Peter Odencrans said per-capita use in arid regions such as this will always be higher than in coastal cities.

However, per-capita water use has declined, Odencrans and other officials said.

Eastern has increased local water supply, rather than relying on imports from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

John Rossi, general manager at Western, said the district is responding by moving to tiered rates based on individualized water budgets.

"We're looking at twice the amount of Metropolitan water by 2025 than we have today if growth projections are built out," Rossi said. "That's why we're being so aggressive with the water budget rates. We have to get the use down."



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