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South Coast Water District Reports Good News, Thanks Customers

SCWD logo650Guest Opinion: By Wayne Rayfield and Rick Erkeneff, South Coast Water District Directors

Last month the South Coast Water District reported on the June 2013 water-conservation results –collectively, customers achieved a 31 percent reduction over June of 2013 usage and significantly better than the state mandated reduction of 24 percent.

The July 2015 figures have just become available and SCWD customers broke their earlier record, achieving an astounding 33 percent reduction.

We would like to extend our most sincere “thank you” to all of you who have responded to the call to conserve in such an outstanding manner.

While most everyone had a hand in this impressive result, this month we want to extend special thanks to the largest of our customers, and in particular to those who saved 50 percent or more this July compared 2013:

Bal Harbour Community Association – 50.6 percent

County of Orange – 52.1 percent

The Village at Dana Point HOA – 53 percent

Waterford Point HOA – 54.3 percent

City of Dana Point – 54.2 percent

Monarch Bay HOA – 56.3 percent

Searidge Condo. No. 1 Association – 56.4 percent

Old Mill Pond HOA – 58.6 percent

South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA) – 59.5 percent

Capistrano Unified School District – 65.8 percent

St. Edward’s Catholic Church – 70.5 percent

Caltrans – 90.7 percent

Laguna Beach Golf and Bungalow Village – 90.9 percent

Another significant reduction came from the St. Regis with a jump from a 6.6 percent reduction in June to a 21percent reduction in July that is directly related to a new recirculating system in their laundry which saves 900,000 gallons of water per month.

We truly appreciate everything that you, our customers have done. Please keep up the great work as we finish out August and enter into the fall season.

In spite of the forecast for a significant El Niño weather pattern this winter, there is no guarantee of rain. In fact, The Farmer’s Almanac, that great predictor of weather and all other important things since 1818, has predicted continuing drought after a wet fall.

If you are among those who have not yet started a serious water conservation effort, please start now. You can learn how at

Thank you again for all you have done.

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