Residential water use was 129 gallons per capita in the month of September
The City of Sacramento used 20 percent less water in October and using 18 percent less overall since January, compared to the same period last year. The City also reported a residential consumption rate of 129 gallons per person per day (R-GPCD) for the month of September compared to a rate of 160 gallons per person per day for September 2013. R-GPCD is a measure of how much water the average resident uses in and around their home. The R-GPCD for the Sacramento region in September was 185 gallons.
“We are pleased with the continued water conservation efforts of our residents. Our R-GPCD compares very well with similar municipalities in the state and without the willingness of residents embracing the water use reductions, this would not have been possible,” said Bill Busath, Interim Director of the City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities. “We are now on a Winter Water Conservation schedule that allows for watering only one day per week on weekends. It is important to remember that the end of the drought is not over. We must continue to work together to conserve this most valuable resource.”
Increased drought awareness has brought attention to the City’s water conservation efforts and has driven up calls for investigation of water misuse. Since January, the City has received nearly 18,133 calls regarding water conservation investigations and issued nearly 5,325 first notices of violation. This is compared to 1,348 calls for investigation last year over the same time period.