Under standards posted Thursday afternoon, the water districts that provide water around California have new conservation targets. The revised standards follow news that the state narrowly missed Gov. Jerry Brown's conservation mandate of 25 percent over the nine months ending February 2016.
The conservation targets were revised as the Water Board considered information about climate, population and local water use submitted by districts. They're good news for districts such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city of Long Beach, which conserved water over the past nine months but just barely missed their conservation targets.
In fact, in the South Coast region, which includes much of greater L.A. and San Diego, dozens of suppliers who missed their targets during the nine-month period would have met the new targets.
The comparisons are hypothetical, as mandatory conservation didn't kick in until June last year. The newly-announced targets apply to water use beginning on March 1 of this year, and they could revised again.
Still, the comparisons show many districts that could benefit from the changes.
Seventy-two districts that missed their target would have met their new standard, had it been in place. Forty-three of those were in the South Coast region; those are below.
|Water District||Original conservation target (percent)||New conservation target (percent)||Water saved, June - February (percent)|
|Alhambra City of||24||22||23.04|
|Azusa City of||20||18||19.99|
|Big Bear City Community Services District||16||13||13.34|
|California Water Service Company Dominguez||16||15||15.53|
|California-American Water Company Los Angeles District||28||26||27.23|
|Carlsbad Municipal Water District||28||20||22.15|
|Castaic Lake Water Agency Santa Clarita Water Division||32||28||28.06|
|Cerritos City of||28||21||21.32|
|East Valley Water District||28||22||24.24|
|Golden State Water Company Artesia||16||9||15.44|
|Golden State Water Company Cowan Heights||36||29||32.08|
|Golden State Water Company San Dimas||28||26||27.77|
|Golden State Water Company Southwest||12||9||11.21|
|Hemet City of||32||14||19.64|
|Irvine Ranch Water District||16||8||14.99|
|Long Beach City of||16||9||15.23|
|Los Angeles Department of Water and Power||16||14||15.67|
|Lynwood City of||16||10||11.22|
|Manhattan Beach City of||20||18||18.83|
|Monte Vista Water District||24||22||22.21|
|Montebello Land and Water Company||16||9||15.91|
|Newhall County Water District||28||25||26.65|
|Oceanside City of||20||12||19.67|
|Olivenhain Municipal Water District||32||24||25.80|
|Ontario City of||24||20||20.18|
|Orange City of||28||21||26.23|
|Pico Water District||24||18||20.37|
|Poway City of||32||24||31.11|
|Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District||32||24||28.52|
|Rubidoux Community Service District||28||20||20.83|
|San Bernardino City of||28||25||25.30|
|San Bernardino County Service Area 70J||28||24||25.35|
|San Gabriel Valley Fontana Water Company||28||26||27.06|
|Santa Fe Irrigation District||36||28||32.73|
|Santa Margarita Water District||24||23||23.70|
|South Gate City of||12||8||11.11|
|South Pasadena City of||28||26||27.75|
|Suburban Water Systems San Jose Hills||24||22||22.71|
|Tustin City of||28||21||25.47|
|Valley Center Municipal Water District||36||28||35.18|
|Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8||28||26||27.46|
|Westminster City of||20||13||18.10|
|Whittier City of||20||17||19.60|
You can look up water use over the past several months using KPCC's water use tool.