Conservation Has Become Our Lifestyle
Year to date through October, DSRSD customers used 18.7 percent less potable water than in the same period in 2013. Residential water use averaged 81.7 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) in October, down from 112.1 GPCD in October 2013. Thank you for your lasting commitment to wise water use!
Normal Water Supply Conditions--and Water Rates--Are Back
Our wholesale supplier, Zone 7 Water Agency, is receiving 85 percent of its 2017 allocation from the State Water Project, the Tri-Valley’s largest source of water. When surplus imported water is available, Zone 7 uses it to recharge the local groundwater basin. According to Zone 7's annual water supply evaluation, on April 1 the Tri-Valley's groundwater basin was nearly full: 91 percent of operational capacity. Zone 7 also stores water in Lake Del Valle, San Luis Reservoir, and groundwater banks in Kern County to help meet the valley's water demands during dry years.
Record amounts of rain and snow last winter, along with customers' continuing conservation, translate to a positive water supply outlook. On May 16, 2017, the DSRSD Board canceled the stage 1 water shortage that had called for 10 percent voluntary conservation and lowered water consumption rates from stage 1 to normal. Long-range weather forecasts for the upcoming winter show equal chances of above- and below-normal precipitation in the Bay Area.
Recycled Water Makes Our Water Supply More Reliable
We have a more diverse, reliable water supply today because DSRSD began investing in recycled water infrastructure more than 20 years ago. In 2016, DSRSD customers used 787 million gallons of recycled water for irrigation and construction. That’s 24 percent of all the water the District sold last year, up from 19 percent in 2013 and 10 percent in 2006.
Always Use Water Efficiently
Thank you for your efforts to use water wisely every day. Here are some resources to help:
- Register your account on AquaHawk and set up your own water use alerts.
- Find and fix leaks.
- Learn how to keep your yard green with less irrigation.
- Get a rebate when you convert lawn to water-efficient landscaping or purchase a qualifying irrigation controller or high-efficiency clothes washer.
- Use our checklist of Best Ways to Save Outdoors.
- Make sure your restaurant or business is using water wisely, too.
Revised November 2, 2017