DROUGHT Q&A:

1. How bad is the drought?

The drought in California has been going on for over 5 straight years. In January of 2014, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency and in April of 2015 issued an Executive Order asking California to reduce water consumption by 25%.

Despite recent rains and snow, parts of California are still experiencing drought conditions and the State continues to enforce water conservation regulations statewide in anticipation of future dry periods.

As of February 2017, 46% of the State (including Southern California) is still experiencing drought conditions and many of the state’s water sources, including groundwater basins, remain depleted.

2. How much do we need to reduce our water use?

Through Executive Directive #5 (October 2014), the City of Los Angeles pledged to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2017, 22.5% by 2025 and 25% by 2035.

In February 2017, the City announced that it has met its goal of 20%!

To ensure that our conservation stays on track, the City and Save the Drop are encouraging Angelenos to continue their water saving efforts. To withstand future dry periods and meet our local water goals, we all need to continue to pitch in to help save our friend, the Drop.

3. How much progress have we made to conserve water in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is already a leader in Water Conservation. We use as much water today as we did 45 years ago, when our city had 1 million fewer residents! However, the current drought has pushed the city to do even more to conserve. The city has reduced water consumption by 20% compared to 2014 - achieving 104 gallons per person every day - down from 131!

4. How much has residential water consumption been cut?

Water consumption has been reduced by 21% by residents and 20% citywide. Currently, residents use 68 gallons per person per day with almost half of that water going to outdoor irrigation. When you add in all water consumption for the city, including commercial use, the City uses 104 gallons per person each day.

5. What can Angelenos do to save water?

Angelenos can do a lot to save water - from taking short showers to reducing outdoor irrigation. There are many ways to save. Learn about all the ways you can Save The Drop here.

6. I heard that I can get a big rebate for turf removal, is that true?

The LADWP turf removal rebate will continue at $1.75 per square foot up to 1,500 square feet due to overwhelmingly high demand for the program.

L.A. water customers have replaced more than 41 million square feet of grass with low water using, sustainable landscaping—saving more than 1 billion gallons of water each year!

7. How will we achieve the goals outlined in the Sustainable City pLAn to reduce the purchase of imported water by 50% by 2025 and increase our local water supply to 50% by 2035?

Currently, the city imports 85% of our water. Oftentimes, this water can be expensive and is subject to price increases by the Metropolitan Water District. Reducing our reliance on imported water will not only save Angelenos money, it will also create a more resilient city.

We will increase our local water supply by capturing more stormwater, stepping up water recycling, and recharging and cleaning the San Fernando Groundwater while expanding advanced water treatment in the city.

For more info on the Sustainable City pLAn, please visit plan.lamayor.org