SFPUC: City meeting requested 10 percent water-use reduction 

click to enlarge According to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission data, customers have cut their water use by 10 percent for seven consecutive weeks, meeting a request by officials due to the statewide drought conditions. - JAE C. HONG/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • According to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission data, customers have cut their water use by 10 percent for seven consecutive weeks, meeting a request by officials due to the statewide drought conditions.

The City is doing its part to beat the California drought.

Water customers in San Francisco and surrounding areas served by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission have cut their water use by 10 percent as asked by city officials, the agency said Monday.

Following the declaration of a drought emergency in January, the 2.6 million homes and businesses serviced by the SFPUC were asked to cut water use by 10 percent. Due to statewide conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown has urged all Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent.

After a slow start to conservation in the spring, which led water officials to warn of possible 20 percent mandatory water-use reductions, SFPUC customers have cut water use by 10 percent for seven consecutive weeks, according to SFPUC data.

That "savings spree" essentially doubled the water conservation for the year, SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly said in a statement.

Normal summertime use averages about 270 million gallons a day. Use this summer has averaged about 230 million gallons a day for the past two months.

Statewide, water consumption increased slightly during the first six months of the drought emergency, thanks mostly to an 8 percent increase in Southern California. However, Bay Area users cut their water use during that time, according to the state Water Resources Control Board.

California is in the third year of a severe drought, one of the driest periods ever recorded in state history.

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