Santa Fe Irrigation District tops statewide water usage chart

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- A report released Tuesday shows residents in Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Solana Beach topped a statewide list for water usage in September.

Despite the report, Santa Fe Irrigation District announced Wednesday it's on target to meet state-mandated per-capita water consumption reduction targets.

The figures released by the state Water Resources Control Board showed residential per-capita daily water consumption for districts around California, which is in the midst of an extreme drought. Officials from the governor to local water officials have been urging customers to conserve water in case the state has another dry winter.

The Santa Fe Irrigation District's around 19,400 customers used 584.4 gallons per capita per day in September, according to the report.  "This report is not necessary or even really appropriate, because comparing rural water districts to to urban area's is just so different," said Michael Bardin the general manager for the Sante Fe water district.

"The state is trying to raise awareness and hopefully people start to recognize the precious resource we have... and really start to care about what we do with or potable water."

According to the state report, the Rainbow Municipal Water District near Fallbrook was the second-largest water user locally with 428.6 gallons daily per capita in September, followed by the city of Oceanside at 303.48 gallons; the Valley Center Municipal Water District at 271.8 gallons; and the city of Poway at 204 gallons.

The San Dieguito Water District, which serves Encinitas, was at 154 gallons; and the city of San Diego, which has also enacted mandatory water restrictions, was at 81.83 gallons.

The figures did not take into account population density, population growth, temperature and evaporation rates, topography and socio-economic measures, according to the water board.

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