Water Watch: Glendora May Have To Drastically Cut Consumption To Help Meet State Goal

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A document released April 7 by the State Water Resources Control Board has outlined exactly how much water Glendora would need to cut in order to achieve Governor Jerry Brown’s statewide 25 percent reduction by 2016.

Glendora, identified by water regulators as having high per-capita water consumption, would have to reduce its usage by 35 percent between now and February of next year under the proposed plan. Violators could receive Cease and Desist Orders and face fines of up to $10,000 per day.

The State Water Resources Control Board is still seeking approval on the plan, which could change, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The proposal uses data on per capita water usage from each water suppliers’ service area, with residential per capita water usage from Sept. of 2014. During that time, Glendora residents consumed 228.9 gallons per capita per day.

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Regulators would also want water agencies to report:

  • Monthly commercial sector use;
  • Monthly large landscape commercial customer use (e.g. golf courses, amusement parks);
  • Monthly industrial sector use;
  • Monthly institutional sector use; and
  • Monthly large landscape institutional customer use (e.g. cemeteries, college campuses)

From Feb. through June of 2014, Glendora produced over 3.1 billion gallons of water, as opposed to June of 2014 to Feb. of 2015 when the city produced 3.08 billion. The slight reduction amounted to a savings of 19.6 million gallons, or 1 percent.

City officials and staff had begun drafting a feasibility plan to determine costs of complying with Gov. Brown’s order.

Next, a notice announcing the release of the Water Board’s draft will occur April 17 with a request for public comment. A formal notice for emergency rulemaking will be made April 28 with a water board hearing and adoption scheduled for May 5 or May 6.

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