Overall water use in the FMWD service area increased 3% for the month of February 2016 when compared to February 2013. No water use savings were realized which substantially decreased from the 21% savings achieved in January 2016. The state is using calendar year 2013 as the benchmark for measuring water savings for water agencies throughout California. Compliance with the mandate is determined on a cumulative basis starting with June 1, 2015. Cumulative water savings for the district since the state-mandated reductions began is 27%.
Due to record-setting warm weather in February, many water agencies across the foothills had difficulties in meeting their state-mandated targets for the month of February. However, on a cumulative basis, which accounts for all water savings achieved from June 2015 to February 2016, most agencies are on track in compliance.
“We have experienced record-breaking temperatures in February which ultimately stymied conservation performance,” stated Foothill MWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “Winter baseline months have been historically harder to reach conservation targets and the warm weather and lack of local rainfall makes it even more difficult. We ask that residents continue to keep up a strong conservation ethic and to make sure to adjust irrigation controllers in the event of a rain storm.”
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Foothill Municipal Water District provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association. Kinneloa Irrigation District, another retail agency, takes no water from Foothill.