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Water Conservation Efforts Continuing in the City

Usage down in 2019 compared to six years ago

The City of Bakersfield continues to save water, two years after Gov. Jerry Brown removed conservation targets set by the Drought State of Emergency.

The Water Resources Department reports that water usage is down almost 12% compared to 2013, the last year before the drought. That works out to 3,344.8 acre feet of water saved.

That savings is also in spite of the City's population growth over the last six years, when the City grew by almost 18,000 people.

In fact, even when taking that growth into consideration, water usage this past August was cut by 15.31% per person per day.

The savings are in part to the fact that this has so far been the 16th-wettest month on record (going back to 1894) and there has been less need for irrigation.