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Governor’s New Executive Order to Extend Statewide Water Restrictions if Drought Continues
Laguna Niguel (November 24, 2015) – Governor Edmund G. Brown issued his latest executive order announcing the extension of the current emergency regulations, which call for a statewide reduction of urban water usage by 25 percent if California continues to experience drought conditions through January 2016.
The current regulations went into effect in June 2015, mandating reduction targets for water providers throughout the State over the next nine months. Five months into the regulations, Californians reduced their water usage by approximately 29 percent compared to the benchmark year of 2013, exceeding the mandate; however, the months of October and November were significantly hotter than those same months in 2013, providing a compelling reminder that despite El Niño storm projections, we continue to experience drought conditions that will require multiple years of intense precipitation before drought relief is in sight.
In response to the executive order, Don Froelich, Board President of the Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) stated, “We understand conservation is a critical solution to ensuring reliability now and into the future. Based on the likelihood we will still be in a drought in January 2016, it’s important we continue to maintain the high level of conservation efforts going strong as we enter the winter season.”
MNWD customers have exceeded the agency’s target of 20 percent every month except in October, which are a direct reflection of the community’s extraordinary efforts to be water-efficient, which has resulted in the most number of customers living within their water budgets since the inception of the water budget based rate structure in 2011.
“It is this kind of response and resolve that will be needed as California moves towards a long-term, sustained conservation mindset to stretch our limited resources. In doing our part, MNWD continues to implement Stage Two of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan to further encourage efficient use of water,” added Froelich. In tandem with penalizing wasteful water use, MWND continues to offer rebates of up to $2.00 per square foot of turf removed in favor of drought-tolerant and California native gardens. Learn more at www.mnwd.com/rebates
The best thing all customers can do during the holiday season is to remember to conserve while urging friends and family to do the same. Also, during the winter season, most lawns do not need to be watered. Turning off the sprinklers can save as much as 70 percent of a household’s water usage. The maximum watering time for lawns during the winter months should be no more than 4 minutes per week. In the event of rain, lawns do not require watering for at least a week, and the current State regulations prohibit any watering for at least 48 hours after rainfall.
Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) provides water, recycled water, and wastewater service to more than 170,000 customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Dana Point. Approximately 25 percent of MNWD’s water is provided through local water recycling programs. Approximately 75 percent of MNWD’s water is imported from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – a regional water wholesaler that delivers water from Northern California and the Colorado River.