Statement by LADWP Regarding Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Water Conservation
|As climate change makes drought the new normal in California, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) applauds Governor Brown’s effort to further strengthen the emergency water conservation efforts enacted during California’s historic drought.
Los Angeles has been a leader in water conservation in the State, having adopted the current Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance in 2010 and implementing some of the most forward-thinking conservation policies and programs to save water, including the Cash in Your Lawn turf removal rebate program and recently strengthening water use restrictions to more effectively reduce use among the City’s highest water users.
Angelenos continue to meet the Mayor’s water use goals set forth in Executive Directive No. 5 for Emergency Drought Response, requiring a 20 percent reduction in daily per capita water use by January 2017. In March 2016, Angelenos used 106 gallons per person per day— a nearly 19 percent cumulative reduction from FY 13/14.
During the current five-year drought, LADWP customers have also consistently reduced their water consumption on a month-to-month basis, achieving the goals set both by Mayor Garcetti and Governor Brown.
We look forward to working with the State as a leading urban water supplier to develop new standards that can assist other municipalities and water agencies. LADWP will continue to promote a conservation mindset with our customers, assisting the State in permanently establishing the long term efficiency and conservation needed to withstand continued drought periods.