Environment & Science

Wet July helps Los Angeles pass California water conservation goal

File: A hose sits on a dead lawn in front of a house on July 15, 2014 in San Francisco.
File: A hose sits on a dead lawn in front of a house on July 15, 2014 in San Francisco.
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Los Angeles has surpassed California's water conservation goal for a second month in a row. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that Angelenos cut water use by 21 percent in July, following an 18 percent cut in June. That means that L.A. customers used 2 million gallons less than the state target.

"Los Angeles continues to lead our state in crucial water conservation efforts in the face of this historic drought," Garcetti said in a statement. "I want to thank the Angelenos that have helped us exceed these goals by replacing their turf with drought friendly landscaping, increasing their indoor water efficiency and, of course, by Saving the Drop. Los Angeles is embracing sustainability and achieving real change."
 
The mayor may be crediting the drop to folks tearing out their lawn and taking shorter showers — but July also saw record rainfall in L.A., courtesy of Hurricane Delores. That likely helped push the city’s water savings past the required 16 percent target.

Under those conservation targets, the L.A. Department of Water and Power has to reduce water use by 16 percent every month from June 2015 through Feb. 2016 compared to use in 2013.