Monterey Peninsula water officials urge conservation

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As warmer weather and longer and drier days set in, California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are asking area water users to be particularly mindful of their water consumption – especially outdoors.

Under California American Water’s rate structure, residential and commercial water users who use more than a modest amount of water for basic indoor and very limited outdoor needs pay higher prices. The system has been credited with lowering the water district’s residential per capita water consumption to just 70 gallons per person per day, one of the lowest levels in California. But recent tightening of state imposed water restrictions have led to a doubling of penalties for water wasters.

“Water consumption on the Monterey Peninsula generally reaches its peak in July or August,” California American Water General Manager Craig E. Anthony said in a statement. “But, this is the time of year it typically starts to increase dramatically. We’ve recently seen water use jump by approximately 1.6 million gallons per day. Most of this is residential and is clearly the result of warmer summer weather. On nice days folks tend to go outdoors and work in their yards, which often includes watering plants and grass.

“We’re under orders from the state to decrease pumping from the Carmel River,” Anthony said. “The new rates are designed to help us do that and although they went into effect in February, we expect this month – the beginning of irrigation season – will be the first time our bigger users really start to notice a significant difference on their monthly bills.”

California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are providing incentives for customers who do a lot of outdoor watering to consider alternative irrigation and landscaping practices.

This year, California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District began offering a rebate for lawn removal and for synthetic turf installation. Water customers that replace lawn with low water use plants or permeable surfaces can receive $1.25 per square-foot, up to 2,000 square feet. Applicants must provide a site-plan of current and planned landscaping and arrange for a before and after inspection by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.

Customers interested in synthetic turf installation can qualify for rebates of $2 per square-foot, up to 2,000 square-feet.

Rebates are also offered for installation of cistern tanks. California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District will pay qualifying water users $25 for every 100 gallons of rainwater storage, up to a maximum of 3,000 gallons per site.

You can get information about rebates to remove turf and install synthetic turf or cistern tanks, or rebates for water-saving appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and toilets, from the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District conservation department online or by calling (831) 658-5601.




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