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Inland Southern California water use drops

Posted: June 3, 2013 12:45 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 12:45 p.m.
 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The economic downturn has had an unusual consequence for inland Southern California: water consumption has dropped, allowing the region to meet a statewide requirement to use 20 percent less by 2020.

The Western Municipal Water District in Riverside says its daily, per-person use was 260 gallons last year — down 32 percent from the 2007 rate of 383 gallons. The district's 2020 goal is 358 gallons.

But the district's efficiency manager, Tim Barr, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise the new numbers are "artificial" — a result of a lack of construction.

He says more conservation work needs to be done because once the economy rebounds the numbers will creep back up.

The savings requirements are part of a 2009 law that set new rules for almost 400 utilities in California.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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