Santa Monica Responds to Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

In February, the City enacted its Water Shortage Response Plan asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20% from last year's usage data.  Since that time, usage has increased 2%.  This condition is straining local groundwater and limited imported water supplies.  City staff will be asking Council to adopt the Water Shortage Response Plan - Stage II, requiring mandatory restrictions (20% reduction target), on August 12, 2014.  Details about mandatory restrictions will be forethcoming.   

Read full press release here.