New numbers reported by the Santa Fe Irrigation District show that customers in Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach reduced water use by a staggering 47% of 2013 levels in July, beating the June reduction rate of 36%.
The massive reduction can be attributed to community-wide efforts to reduce usage and to the unusual rainstorms that soaked Southern California in July. According to the numbers released by the Santa Fe Irrigation District, residents used an average of 313 gallons per day in July 2015 compared to the mandated cap of 610 g-pd.
In a statement to the press, Santa Fe Irrigation General Manager Mike Bardin said, “It is clear that most of our customers are being very effective at cutting back water use and many have taken advantage of rebate programs to eliminate water-guzzling plants, improve irrigation systems and make other changes.”
The reductions come despite the fact that the SFID voted unanimously to to delay water restriction penalties on their customers. However, Mr. Bardin did warn that despite talk of an El Niño winter, they are not out of the woods and need to continue to conserve.
“Only if El Niño causes snow in Northern California, where most water is stored statewide, will we make big statewide progress in getting out of this four-year-long drought,” he explained. “Our customers in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch still need to remain vigilant in cutting water use.”
Although rebates on removing lush landscaping have been capped, the water district still offers rebates for rotating sprinkler nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers, rain barrels and soil moisture sensors. For more info, visit their website at www.sfidwater.org/conservation.