Long Beach leads in conservation: 14 percent water use savings in July

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August 19, 2022

Contact:  Lauren Gold, Public Information Officer
Phone:     (562) 355-1201 
Email:     lauren.gold@lbwater.org

LONG BEACH LEADS IN CONSERVATION: 14 PERCENT WATER USE SAVINGS IN JULY

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (AUG. 19, 2022) — Long Beach residents and businesses reduced their water use by 14 percent in July compared to 2020, heeding Long Beach Water’s call for increased conservation amid unprecedented drought.

With significant water savings in July, Long Beach Water customers continued a three-month trend of water use reductions this summer, saving 4 percent in May and 11 percent in June compared with the same months in 2020.

Long Beach’s numbers compare favorably to statewide water use, which saw a 3 percent reduction in May and an 8 percent reduction in June. California water use data for July has not yet been released.

“I’m proud to see that the Long Beach community continues to be a leader in conservation,” said Bob Shannon, president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “Saving water is the Long Beach way of life. As we enter some of the hottest months, I encourage everyone to keep up the good work.”

Long Beach’s conservation efforts are on track with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call earlier this year for all Californians to reduce their water use by at least 15 percent.

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners took swift action following Newsom’s May 2022 conservation message by entering Stage 2 of the Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Plan, calling on residents to reduce outdoor watering to two days per week.

In addition, Long Beach Water continues to encourage the community to reduce water use in any way they can, big or small. This includes offering a wide array of programs to help reduce outdoor water use, install drought-friendly gardens, upgrade to efficient appliances and more.

And Long Beach Water continues to implement its Water Resources Plan, including enhancing groundwater well infrastructure to reduce dependence on imported water and maximize use of this more reliable, affordable water source.

For more information on available programs and tips to save water, visit Liveh2olb.com.

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