San Luis Obispo County has reduced water use at public facilities and grounds by 35 percent since 2013, surpassing the 25 percent state mandate.
“Our response to the severity of the drought over the last two years shows that we are serious about conserving water,” said county administrative analyst Lisa Howe, who leads the county’s Drought Task Force. “The county will keep doing its part and we encourage all citizens to continue with this culture of conservation, as this drought has no end in sight.”
The county has reduced its water use at public facilities and grounds by retrofitting 44 buildings with low-flow fixtures, saving an estimated 4,500 gallons per week, identifying and repairing leaks to minimize water loss, updating standards for plumbing fixtures in facility construction contracts and purchase orders to focus on lower water use, and replacing water monitoring systems to regulate irrigation at county parks and grounds.
“Even though an El Niño is predicted for our area in the winter and spring, the drought is likely to continue,” Howe said. “The outlook is calling for the drought to persist or intensify throughout California and most of the western U.S. According to some figures, 400 to 600 percent of normal precipitation is needed to catch up to normal pre-drought conditions.”