IWV Water District customers used 14.1 percent less water this April than they did in April 2013, according to IWVWD general manager Don Zdeba. Every month, IWVWD reports conservation results to the State Water Resources Control Board. They use 2013 as the baseline for conservation measures because 2014 marked the beginning of statewide conservation efforts.

As 14.1 percent less water used sounds promising, it pales in comparison to the 35.4 percent of February and the 23.8 percent of March. Zdeba stated that April’s lower conservation results are likely due to the season’s changing watering policy.

“Of course, three day per week landscape watering is now in effect per Ordinance 100, whereas February was limited to one day per week and March was a transitional month,” he said.

Zdeba noted that on June 1, 2016, IWVWD began a conservation target of reducing water use by 20 percent through a one year timeline compared to the same period in 2013. Thus far, he reports 21.5 percent cumulative savings since June 1, 2016. 

IWVWD customers used 123 residential gallons per capita per day in April, a 2.5 percent increase from April 2016 and a 14.6 percent decrease from April 2015, according to the IWVWD report.