LONG BEACH, CALIF. (SEPT. 20, 2022) — Long Beach residents and businesses reduced their water use by 15 percent in August compared to 2020, reaching the statewide conservation goal set by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
August marks the fourth consecutive month of water use reductions in Long Beach; the community reduced by 4 percent in May, 11 percent in June and 14 percent in July, 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, an 8 percent reduction in June and a 10 percent reduction in July. California water use data for August has not yet been released.
“Long Beach continues to address the ongoing drought conditions and dwindling supplies of imported water,” said Bob Shannon, president of the Board of Water Commissioners. “The good news is that our customers have so far met the challenge. However, it is not overly dramatic to say that we continue to face a crisis, and I urge all residents and businesses to redouble efforts to conserve.”
Following the driest January-March in California history, Long Beach Water substantially increased public outreach to encourage community conservation. Department staff distributed educational materials and engaged residents of all ages and backgrounds.
Long Beach Water also published print, digital and billboard advertisements to get the word out about the drought and watering restrictions following the May 2022 vote by the Board of Water Commissioners to enter Stage 2 of the Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Plan. Long Beach remains in Stage 2, which restricts outdoor watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays as of June 1.
Residents and businesses can take advantage of many Long Beach Water programs to help conserve, including incentives to reduce outdoor water use, install drought-friendly gardens and even rebates to upgrade to efficient appliances.
And as the community does their part to save, Long Beach Water is working hard to ensure a sustainable, affordable and safe water supply for the future. This includes implementing water system improvements, increasing our access to local groundwater and contributing to regional projects.
For more information on available programs and tips to save water, visit Liveh2olb.com.