Newhall County Water District (NCWD) announced today a 23.3 percent reduction in water use in October 2015 versus the same month in 2013; a required comparison which the State of California is using to regulate residential water consumption.
The State has required NCWD to reduce overall consumption 28 percent. October marks the first month NCWD customers did not reach this mandated water use target. However, District customers have saved an average of more than 30 percent since the regulations were put in place on June 1, 2015.
“We are still on track to achieve our state-mandated target,” said Steve Cole, NCWD’s General Manager. “But October was a reminder that we need to remain vigilant water savers. We can’t let up.”
District officials noted October 2015 was significantly warmer than October 2013. On average, temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley were nearly 10 degrees warmer than two years ago. Additionally, October is a difficult month to save water historically. Plants and lawns require far less irrigation due to changing weather patterns and other variables. However, chances are many automatic irrigation systems remain on summer watering times and schedules, which leads to over-watering.
On November 1, NCWD went to a two-day per week watering schedule. Customers with even-numbered homes can water on Tuesdays and Fridays; odd-numbered addresses can water on Mondays and Thursdays.
To learn more about the watering schedule, please visit: www.ncwd.org/waterschedule.
500-million Gallon Milestone
Despite these challenges, customers still reached an important milestone in October. By saving roughly 72 million gallons last month, local residents and businesses have saved more than a half-billion gallons of water since June 1 – 552 million gallons, specifically. This is enough to serve more than one-third of the District’s customers for a year.
“The sheer volume of water saved is remarkable,” continued Cole. “We’re excited to have reached this milestone. But we’re now focused on saving the next 500 million gallons of water. We know our community is in this for the long-haul and we appreciate their efforts.”
Urban Water Management Plan
The ongoing, four-year drought will be on the minds of regional water leaders as they gather this month to kickoff a multi-decade strategy to address water reliability. The plan, which is updated every five years, is called an Urban Water Management Plan. It defines current and planned water demand and future supply opportunities.
“The Urban Water Management Plan is a critical tool to anticipate and manage our region’s progress,” said B.J. Atkins, President of NCWD’s Board of Directors. “It gives us a science-based foundation of how we can increase our regional water reliability, diversify our water portfolio and grow as a community responsibly. We would like your input and are urging the public to participate.”
The first of numerous public workshops on the Urban Water Management Plan will be held Monday November 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Castaic Lake Water Agency’s headquarters (at the top of Central Park).
About Newhall County Water District
Newhall County Water District traces its roots back to 1913 and is the Santa Clarita Valley’s first public water utility, currently providing service to more than 44,400 residents in portions of the City of Santa Clarita and unincorporated Los Angeles County communities, including Newhall, Canyon Country, Valencia and Castaic.
For more information about the District, visit www.ncwd.org.