West Basin Communities Conserve More Than Statewide Average

August 10, 2023

The West Basin Municipal Water District announced that a majority of its communities surpassed the statewide and Southern California averages for actual water use reductions during the 21-month period in which Governor Gavin Newsom challenged residents to achieve a 15% water conservation target.

West Basin retailers and citizens demonstrated remarkable reductions in water usage, with the California Water Service – Palos Verdes area reducing water use by 13.6% during this period; followed by the California Water Service – Dominguez area at 13.0%. Other areas such as Inglewood, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, and the California American Water service area also achieved conservation totals that exceeded the statewide average.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times in June, statewide water savings reached 7%; not quite half of the governor’s goal. The reduction equates to approximately nine fewer gallons of daily water use by each resident of the state.  The Southern California cumulative average was close to the statewide average, coming in at 6.1%.

Over the past two years, the West Basin area has strived to reduce use by 15%, a target since withdrawn by Gov. Newsom in March 2023, by replacing grass with climate appropriate landscapes, reducing indoor water use with more efficient devices, and abiding by statewide prohibitions on wasteful uses of water such as spraying down hardscapes with water. Community members have also continued to transform their lifestyles, adopting a “Super-Cali-Frugalistic” mindset that recognizes sustainable practices that help our homes and neighbors save water and money.

West Basin applauds its service area retailers and communities for their conservation achievements past and present.

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