Californian's are responding to the drought

    Published: October 8, 2015

    Californian Water Use Down by 31.3 Percent

    Californians proved their commitment to water conservation in July of 2015, cutting urban water use by 31.3 percent and exceeding the state’s mandate for a 25 percent reduction in water use.

    This is the second month in a row the state has exceeded the emergency water restriction mandate announced by Governor Jerry Brown in April. In June the state used 27 percent less water than the previous year.

    The news reflects the average Californian’s commitment to help conserve water during what Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, describes as “the drought of the century.” Reservoirs and aquifers are at all-time lows across the state while bone-dry vegetation has resulted in one of our worst wildfire seasons yet.

    A number of factors account for the drop in water use. Record rain in July certainly helped. Water restrictions are more strictly enforced, with an increase in both warnings and penalties for excessive water use. Educational messages from water agencies across the state have also helped, but it’s Californians themselves who deserve the credit for such impressive water conservation. As Marcus notes, they’re “the real heroes here.”

    We’re proud to say Pelican Water’s California customers have contributed to the reduction in water use. Every customer who replaces a water-wasting, salt-based water softener system with a Pelican NaturSoft® Water Softener Alternative saves up to 6,200 gallons a year as salt-based systems generate large amounts of wastewater. No electricity is consumed, which indirectly saves water by reducing household demands on hydroelectric generators. Pelican is dedicated to water conservation.

    The drought may not be over, but Californians are responding with resilience and determination. So congratulate yourself, and let’s continue to exceed expectations in the coming months!