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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Customers Succeed in Saving Water

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Monte Vista Water District proudly recognizes its customers for going above and beyond in meeting state water conservation requirements over the past decade. The Water Conservation Act of 2009 established a target of 20% urban water use reduction by 2020. MVWD customers not only met that target, but they exceeded it by an additional 20%!

The District’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan, recently adopted by the Board of Directors, compared current water use with historical averages as required by state law. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, MVWD customers used an estimated 209 gallons per person per day with a target of reducing per person daily use to 167 gallons in 2020. Instead, District customers reduced their daily water use to 124 gallons in 2020, the lowest water use per person in the west end of San Bernardino County.

“As we face another drought, it’s wonderful to know our residents and businesses are committed to saving water,” said Board President Sandra Rose. “The District provides tools and resources, but our customers are the ones answering the call to conserve, and I’m amazed at their achievement!” 

In 2007, Monte Vista Water District launched the “Watch the Water” campaign to inform customers about the serious nature of the state’s water supply challenges and encourage using water more wisely. The award-winning campaign emphasized the importance of environmental stewardship and pointed out simple things that everyone could do to “watch” their water use.

In 2010, the District established budget-based tiered water rates for single-family residential customers. Budget-based rates incentivize customers to save water by charging the lowest rates for efficient indoor and outdoor water needs.  

“With budget-based rates, our customers can see on each bill whether they’re using water efficiently,” said General Manager Justin Scott-Coe. “For more than a decade, this rate structure has helped our customers save water while meeting the financial needs of the District.”

In 2016, amidst another drought, the District launched the “Water You Doing?” campaign to emphasize good water use habits. This ongoing outreach effort features eye-catching ads encouraging customers to make small changes to reduce their water use, such as sweeping driveways and patios rather than hosing them off.

Once again, California is facing drought conditions. Governor Newsom issued an emergency drought declaration for two counties on April 21, 2021, which has since been expanded to 50 of the state’s 58 counties. State officials are urging Californians to cut water use by 15% to meet the water supply challenges.

Southern California water agencies, including MVWD, are well prepared for this year’s critically dry conditions, thanks to sound planning and major investments. The District has a diverse water supply portfolio as well as a significant quantity of water stored in the local groundwater basin. Future water supply needs are routinely evaluated in light of projected population growth, climate change impacts, and other factors. With the help of customers doing their part to conserve and protect stored water supplies, the District will be able to meet the water needs of our community for decades to come.  

Click here for more conservation resources and information on the District’s water saving programs.

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