Mesa Water Recommends Customers Reduce Watering to 1 Day a Week for December and January
- 07 December 2016
Costa Mesa, Calif. – As the first day of winter draws closer, Mesa Water District reminds residential and commercial customers to use water wisely indoors and outdoors.
Mesa Water® provides a recommended outdoor watering schedule to help customers conserve. As of December 1, it suggests cutting outdoor water use by half, moving from up to 2 days a week to just 1 day per week. Mesa Water’s recommended watering schedule can be found on its website: https://www.mesawater.org/waterschedule.
“Now is the perfect time to switch to a once-a-week watering schedule for your lawn, shrubs and trees,” said Justin B. Finch, MPP, Mesa Water’s Resource Efficiency Specialist. “With shorter days and cooler nights, significantly less water is needed to sustain healthy outdoor landscapes.”
It is always important for residents to be mindful of shower, toilet and appliance use, but during the winter months, the opportunity for significant savings is found outdoors. Reprogramming sprinkler timers, adding aerators to faucets and installing water-saving spray nozzles on hoses is a good start. And planting California-Friendly plants can help save even more.
Since June 2016, Mesa Water has allowed customers to choose which days of the week to water their landscapes. “Our customers continue to conserve through increased awareness and changed behavior. Now, we encourage everyone to pick one day of the week to water and commit to it,” Finch said.
Customers in the service area have trimmed water consumption significantly, as evidenced by Mesa Water continuing to meet its conservation target during this period of drought. Mesa Water is surpassing its 2013 benchmark for the current period (6/2016-10/2016) by 9.8%, which is monitored by the State Water Resources Control Board. Overall conservation is at 18.3% since mandated conservation began in June 2015.
Mesa Water is the only Orange County water provider to be 100% reliable on local groundwater due in large part to its ability to pump and treat water at the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. Water pumped from that site is considered to be a new water source; meaning it would otherwise be unavailable. Mesa Water is not dependent on importing water from the State Water Project or the Colorado River Aqueduct. It passed a stress test showing its ability to meet demand despite potential continuing drought conditions.
That’s good news for customers.
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