Today Governor Brown issued an Executive Order lifting the emergency drought declaration but reaffirmed the need for Californians to make water use efficiency a way of life. Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD/District) customers have already taken steps to be good water stewards, not just during times of drought when water supply limitations are in place, but all year long.
Over the last two years, Californians have faced water use restrictions or strict fines for violating water use reduction requirements. CVWD entered into a Stage 6- Severe Water Emergency- requiring 35% conservation by all customers for the first time in the District's 60 year history. CVWD customers responded quickly and aggressively, reducing water use by an average of 27% over 18 months. Not only were customers changing their behaviors, they were making long-term changes like lawn removal in their yards and the purchase of low-water use appliances.
"Customers have already made changes to be good water stewards," commented CVWD Board President James V. Curatalo Jr. "I am confident that with Governor Brown's declaration today, our customers will continue to be good stewards of our most precious resource."
In order to help customers make water use efficiency a way of life, CVWD offers a number of programs and resources to both residential and business customers. These include landscape workshops, water conservation rebates and retrofit programs, community tours, and student programs. In May, CVWD will celebrate Save Our Water Month with a number of activities, including a Grass Removal Landscape Workshop on May 10 and the Cucamonga Water Tour on May 18, which will provide attendees an inside look at our water supply.
For more information on how you can make water use efficiency a way of life, visit cvwdwater.com or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CVWDwater.