Governor Brown signed an unprecedented executive order on Wednesday, requiring water agencies across California to reduce water use by 25 percent or suffer fines. The Governor’s announcement caps several weeks of increased regulations on water use across California following growing concerns over California’s worsening drought. On Wednesday (April 1), the Sierra snowpack measured just 6 percent of normal, crushing the previously record of 25 percent set just last year. The announcement came on the heels of the Bay Area Council Water Committee meeting at which the committee weighed in on the Proposition 1 (water bond) criteria language now under development and explored ways the business community can increase drought awareness.

In the face of the current drought, Bay Area businesses are stepping up to conserve. Comcast reduced water consumption in 2014 by nearly 25 percent over 2013 levels, saving 11 million gallons. Comcast’s largest source of savings resulted from a 50 percent reduction in water used for landscaping purposes, with additional savings from restricting vehicle washing. To learn more about what Bay Area Council members are doing to conserve, visit our Water Committee web page where we’ll be sharing conservation success stories. To share your conservation success story, contact Policy Director Adrian Covert.

To learn how your company can save water, visit the conservation page of your local water agency:
Santa Clara Valley Water District
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Contra Costa Water District
Alameda County Water District
Marin Municipal Water District
Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)

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