City of Davis Embarks on Enhanced Water Conservation Effort

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Customers encouraged to conserve water before new rate structure begins in 2015

The City of Davis is encouraging all water customers to reduce their use in an effort to lower water consumption citywide and prepare for a new consumption-based fixed rate structure.

Beginning January 1, 2015, customers will see a supply fee on their water bills. This new fee structure is based on a six-month peak use measured during May through October of this year (2014). The more water residents conserve during the next six months, the lower their supply fee will be in next year’s bills.

“It’s always important for our customers to conserve water,” said Dianna Jensen from the City of Davis. “But as we prepare for our new rate structure, it’s especially important that our residents conserve. The water they use this summer will impact their bills in 2015.”

Outdoor water use accounts for 60-70 percent of all residential water use during summer months, so customers are encouraged to adjust their landscape irrigation timers. Other common water wasters include undetected leaks and using inefficient appliances. For a full list of water conservation tips, visit the City’s conservation website at water.cityofdavis.org.

To help reach customers with information on water conservation, the City is beginning an enhanced public outreach effort. A website, outreach materials and increased involvement with the community at events and meetings are just part of the new program.

“Davis residents are already environmental stewards and meet the state mandated 20 percent water reduction levels. The Natural Resource Commission and the City Council have supported conservation efforts to take it a step further and encourage customers to decrease use by another 20%,” said Dianna Jensen.

Residents looking to learn more about their water use can take advantage of the City’s WaterInsight program, provided by WaterSmart Software. Personalized WaterInsight reports detail household water use, and compares it to homes of similar size, helping residents gain a clear understanding of where use reductions can be made.

And it’s not just residents joining the conservation effort. The City is working toward reducing its own water use by at least 40 percent at public parks and facilities.

Customers with questions about water conservation or the new consumption-based fixed rate structure are encouraged to visit the City’s website at water.cityofdavis.org or call (530) 757-5686. Customers wanting to sign-up for WaterInsight can visit davis.waterinsight.com

For more information, please contact Dianna Jensen at (530) 757-5686 or djensen@cityofdavis.org

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