Wherever you are in California, there will be issues when it comes to water and the standards that reached and more importantly the availability. Residents are reporting that there are certain places where there is water running when it should not be and nearby there are residents being forced to live up to the highest conservation standards.
A Bee review of data that has been submitted by agencies, highlight the challenges that are faced when trying to reach the conservation goals. When looking through a list of issues the following ones are most prominent:-
- Los Altos residents use 197 gallons per person per day compared to 139 gallons in Mountain View.
- Anaheim residents consume 163 gallons per day compared to 128 gallons in Garden Grove.
- Folsom residents use 329 gallons compares to Orangevale who use 225 gallons per day.
A recent report that has been sent to the State Water Resources Control Board, has shown that there has been a failure to reach the water conservation limit set for the State of California. Governor Jerry Brown is the person who has set this target and as they not only failed but increased consumption, he, along with other residents are not going to be happy.
According to resident 81 year old Dale Creasey “Most people haven’t been cutting back. I believe in God, I attend church, and I feel that you’re supposed to help take care of your fellow man. When there’s a water shortage, you cut back so everybody can have some.” He managed to cut back his own use despite growing a great amount of zucchini that he has donated.
Policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council Tracy Quinn has stated that residents should be able to save more. “We live in a state that’s susceptible to epic drought,” Quinn said. “It’s up to all of us to do our part to save in good times and in bad.”
The executive director of the Sacramento Regional Water Authority John Woodling has said that “Everything we do in Sacramento to try and survive the hot summers uses more water than some parts of the state.” This may go part way to explain the problem, but there are other factors such as house size and population’
It has been reported that consultants have been hired including paying $14,000 to help work with one of the biggest water users Amy’s Kitchen in Santa Rosa. Kimberly Zunino, the city’s water resources sustainability manager believes the fee will be more than returned thanks to the results the work will achieve.