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Water Board urges residents, businesses to conserve

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The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners has made a declaration for immediate, extraordinary water conversation.
In a special meeting last week in the Brennan S. Thomas Water Administration Building, the board strongly urged residents and businesses citywide to immediately begin implementing three water conservation measures:
• Eliminate landscape
over-watering and all
water runoff.
• Reduce time in the shower and install low-flow shower heads.
• Check your water meter for potential leaks in your home or business.
The declaration is a precautionary measure taken to forestall or lessen the impact of a potential water supply shortage.
The declaration is necessitated by a number of factors, such as: the year’s record low rainfall in the Southern California coastal plain, a continuation of the historic eight-year drought in the Colorado River watershed, which is a significant source of imported water from Southern California and the continually strategic water reserves in the Colorado River watershed. That part of the Sierra Nevada watershed, which is accessed by Southern California for its imported water, has received only 70 percent of its normal precipitation. There was also a significant drawing down of in-state strategic water reserves and an interruption in the water supply from the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento Delta area to mitigate environmental concerns.
“The time to act is now,” said Frank Clarke, president of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “We are calling on every one of our customers to immediately give irrigation systems a thorough check-up. Every day, thousands and thousands of gallons of precious drinking water runs off the yards of our homes and businesses and into the storm drains. Saving water now means we at your Water Department can store this water for next year, in case next winter is again dry.”
Under the declaration, the Long Beach Water Department will significantly elevate its public communication in the area until the water commissioners take further action. If, subsequent to this declaration, water supply situation warrants elevated attention, the board may declare more serious stages of its Emergency Water Supply Shortage Plan, triggering increased mandatory prohibitions on potable water use in Long Beach.

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Water Board urges residents, businesses to conserve