East Edition Herald American Lynwood Press Northeast Edition The Press

Most area cities continue to reduce water usage

LOS ANGELES — State water users again curtailed their water use in August, with water use dropping by nearly 27 percent in the month, down from the 31.4 percent in July but still ahead of Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate for 25 percent reduction from 2013 totals.

With the exception of El Segundo, Southland cities recorded decreases in water use compared to the baseline year of 2013, although some were falling short of conservation mandates set by the state. El Segundo’s water use increased by 6.1 percent in August, according to the state Water Resources Control Board.

Individual cities and water agencies have been given specific conservation targets based on past water usage.

“Millions of Californians stepped up to save water this summer and we must all keep up the good work because no one knows how much longer this historic drought will continue,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the state Water Resources Control Board. “With continued heat, the danger of more wildfires, and no way of knowing when the drought will end, every drop of water that remains in our local reservoirs and aquifers is insurance in case of another dry year or more.”

In Long Beach, residents cut their water use by 17.8 percent in August, ahead of the 16 percent target imposed by the state. Santa Monica reduced by 20.7 percent, roughly on par with its 20 percent target.

Lynwood had a conservation goal of 16 percent reduction and reduced water use by 16. 1 percent.

With a reduction goal of 8 percent, Huntington Park reduced its consumption by 15.1 percent.

The city of Paramount reduced it consumption by 21.1 percent from a goal of 12 percent.

Unincorporated East Los Angeles reduced consumption by 17 percent from a goal of 8 percent.

Norwalk and Monterey Park were two cities that failed to meet their goals.

With a goal of 20 percent, Norwalk reduced its water use by only 18.1 percent. Monterey Park also had a goal of 20 percent reduction, but reduced its water use only by 17.8 percent.

Cities that do not meet water-conservation goals can face stiff financial penalties.