SAN DIEGO – Residential water use in California dropped by a hefty 29% in May, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.
The drop in usage was the biggest monthly decline yet reported since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut in urban water use on April 1 due to severe drought conditions.
“The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” said State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, in a prepared statement.
“That said, we need all Californians to step up — and keep it up — as if we don’t know when it will rain and snow again, because we don’t. If the drought continues beyond this year, we’ll all be glad we did.”
Monthly residential water savings were 28.9% in May, compared with May 2013. That is a significant increase from the 13.6% water savings in April, compared to April 2013, the water board said.