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Residential Water Usage up 10 percent Within JCSD's Service Area
In the winter of 2016-2017, California experienced record-setting rain and snow throughout the central and northern parts of the state. Consequently, Governor Brown declared an end to California’s emergency drought status in April of 2017.
Southern California is classified as a semi-arid climate and Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) customers received average rainfall of about 12 inches last winter. JCSD relies on groundwater, which is stored underground in basins, for 100 percent of our water supply. Groundwater basins are slow to refill after a drought and average rain will not cause water levels to rise significantly. As a result, the JCSD Board of Directors resolved to remain at Level 2 of the Water Conservation Plan, which limits irrigation and other water-wasting practices. These measures will allow sufficient time for groundwater basins to recover from the drought.
There is no way to know if our area is in the beginning of a new drought cycle, however, JCSD’s service area is currently classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as abnormally dry (see attached map). JSCD personnel monitor daily water consumption and local groundwater supply throughout the area. Residential water usage has gone up 10 percent in the last two months. This equates to 142,807,459 more gallons.
We are urging all residents to check their irrigation systems and irrigate their landscapes no more than necessary. Generally, grass needs very little water in the winter due to colder temperatures and shorter days. The water we save today will recharge our groundwater basins and be available when we need it.
Feel free to contact the Water Conservation team at (951) 727-3521 or visit our website at www.jcsd.us for more information.