Pismo Beach residents used less water than reported, city says

An aerial view of downtown Pismo Beach.
An aerial view of downtown Pismo Beach. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Pismo Beach officials said an error in the city’s water-use reporting resulted in a much higher residential per capita use than actually existed in the past 12 months.

Pismo Beach residents used less water than was reported to the state, Public Works Director Ben Fine said, because the city had said that 70 percent of its water went to residential uses, when in fact residents only used 48 percent. (The amount of water that the city produced during that time was unchanged.)

The state water board recently released data showing that Pismo Beach residents used about 175 gallons per person per day in September 2014. The correct figure for residential water use that month was 111.6 gallons per person per day, Fine said.

The water board also released proposed conservation targets for more than 400 water suppliers across California, with Pismo Beach receiving a proposed 35 percent cut. Fine said that target should drop to 25 percent.

The proposed cutbacks for water agencies throughout the state still have to be approved by the water board.

The city has resubmitted reports to the state to reflect the correct percentage of water that went toward residential use, which averaged 107.3 gallons per person per day between April 2014 and March 2015, Fine said.

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