Inland Empire TOP 5 Savers and Wasters
This is the 2nd part of Indian Hill Media’s report on Water Savers and Wasters. For Part 1 read “Drought Shaming” on this site.
Claremont City Hall - The lawn is gone.
Inland Empire’s TOP 4 Water Saver Cities
1. Inland Empire edition of Golden Bucket Award Winner. Golden State Water/Claremont, CA. Claremont not only comes in first in the Inland Empire, They’re first in Southern California and sixth statewide in results according to a recent SWRCB report. Claremont surpassed their mandated water usage reduction of 32% by 13.3 for a 45.3% total reduction in water usage. This places them 6th in the state in total reduction and a Top Ten place in our statewide TOP TEN WATER SAVERS. And they’re still tearing out lawns. Congrats Claremont! Can I water my lawn now?
2. East Valley Water District - Highland, CA. Highland surpassed their 28% reduction mandate by 8.2% for a total reduction of 36%. You wouldn’t think there’d be any water left out there to save after Nestle/Arrowhead bottled their daily 68,000 gallons of water. I’ll bet the water bill for the Highland residents is a lot more than the 600$ a year Nestle pays for all that water.
3. Pomona, CA – Pomona only needed to hit 20% but they kept going and hit at total water use reduction of 27%. Good work Pomona!
4. San Dimas, CA – Needed 28% but stretched it to a 35% total reduction.
The rest of the Inland Cities hit their marks give or take 1% and here they are:
Fontana 29% reduction – mandate 28%
San Bernardino 29% reduction – mandate 28%
Riverside 27% reduction – mandate 28%
Chino Hills 27% reduction – mandate 28%
Chino 33% reduction – mandate 32%
Ontario 33% reduction – mandate 32%
La Verne – reduction 33% - mandate 32%
We were going to do a TOP 5 Achievers and Underachievers list here, but we couldn’t find enough Inland cities to fit the “Best” bill; cities that substantially exceed their usage reduction mandate. But we could find five that missed their mandate.
Top 5 Water Wasters in the Inland Empire
1 .Inland Empire edition of “My Bucket’s Got A Hole in It” Award Winner. Redlands, CA – Redlands needed to hit 36% but somehow only managed to get to 24% in total reduction. They missed the mark by 185,094,713 gallons. Ugly!
2. Norco, CA - Norco need to hit the 36% mandate but turned in a dismal 26%. Cost in water? 42M gallons of water
3. Upland, CA – Upland need to hit the big reduction mandate of 36% but only managed 31%. 31% ain’t nothing you might say but it’s a miss by 52M gallons of water
4. Rialto, CA – Rialto needed to hit 28% but turned in a rudderless 23% total reduction. That 5% is worth 28M gallons of H20.
5. Corona, CA – Corona was another 5%er. They needed to hit the 28% reduction mandate but fell short to a 23% total reduction. Water cost: 89M gallons of water.
This article is based on the State Water Resources Control Board report found here and “Drought Shaming in California” found here.