Yucaipa Valley Water District Asks Residents To Voluntarily Reduce Their Water Consumption by 15% to 20%
YUCAIPA, California - Yucaipa Valley Water District has enacted Stage 2 of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which requires residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 15% to 20%.
The conservation measure, adopted unanimously by the YVWD Board of Directors July 20th, follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s July 9th news conference in which he signed Executive Order N-10-21 requesting a voluntary 15 percent reduction on water use throughout the State. Conditions have continued to be dry in August and September as well.
While a state of emergency has not yet been declared in Riverside and San Bernardino counties as a result of the drought, water conservation should be practiced statewide.
YVWD currently reports monthly water use to the State Water Resources Control Board as a requirement of SB 606 and AB 1668. In addition, the Water Board will now track monthly water usage numbers going forward and compare 2020 production numbers as it looks for a 15% reduction in water use.
Enacting Stage 2 of the YVWD’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan requires a 15% - 20% water reduction while also following specific Executive Order N-10-21 conservation measures.
Yucaipa and Calimesa residents have done a tremendous job obtaining the State’s water conservation goals, surpassing the District’s 2020 conservation goal of 229 gallons per person per day by actually using just 186 gallons per day in 2020. However, Yucaipa and Calimesa residents receive a large portion of drinking water from the State Water Project, specifically Lake Oroville in Northern California. Lake Oroville is currently at 22% of capacity, so water conservation is critical moving forward.
YVWD is well-positioned to deal with the dry conditions for several years due to investments in “drought proof” water supplies. Technological achievements include expansion of the recycled water program to include front and backyard dual plumbed homes for new developments where the District’s recycled water pipelines are present.
Yucaipa Valley Water District provides water, wastewater and recycled water services to approximately 50,000 customers. The Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Executive Order can be found at www.yvwd.us.
For more information about drought conditions and water conservation tips, please contact Jennifer Ares, Water Resource Manager at (909) 790-3301.