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EID Customers Reduced Water Use by 26 Percent in October

Post Date:11/06/2015 1:00 PM

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Contact: Jesse Saich, (530) 642-4127, jsaich@eid.org  

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Placerville, Calif. — For the month of October, EID customers reduced their water use by 26 percent compared to October 2013, just falling short of the state-mandated 28 percent reduction target.

EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under a mandate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.

“EID customers did a remarkable job conserving water over the summer during this historic drought,” said EID Public Information Officer Jesse Saich. “Now we need to continue our vigilance and squeeze as much savings as possible from landscape watering before the rainy season begins and savings must be found indoors.”

 “Through fall and into winter, cooler temperatures, shorter days, and moisture from rain mean landscapes need much less water,” said Saich. “Reducing or eliminating outside watering will make a big difference.”

Outside watering restrictions will change beginning November 16 through April 15, when customers are restricted to watering outside once a week.

Achieving the same level of conservation during the winter months is much more difficult. During winter, the bulk of savings no longer comes from landscape watering as people turn off their sprinkler systems during the rainy season.

The district offers a number of programs and services to help residents and businesses conserve. This includes home landscape water surveys and indoor water efficiency supplies.

“EID customers can receive a complimentary landscape survey to learn more about irrigation efficiency and receive recommendations for system improvements,” said Jenny Downey, EID’s customer services manager. “Indoor efficiency upgrades can also be provided for customer installation during the landscape survey or can be picked up at EID’s main office in Placerville.” Indoor upgrades include plumbing retrofits (low-flow showerheads, bathroom faucet aerators, and toilet tank bags), toilet flappers, and a toilet leak detection kit. To schedule an appointment, call 530-642-4000.

Additional information is available on EID’s website at www.eid.org/drought along with ideas for how customers can save water inside and outside of their homes or businesses.

For more detail on watering restrictions, go to www.eid.org/WateringRestrictions.

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EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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