State relaxes some conservation standards

Some cities won’t have to save as much water as they originally thought this summer, after the state revised its standards based on new and better data.

Fifty-nine water suppliers were changed to a new conservation tier based on that new information. All but three of those water suppliers moved to a lower tier, meaning they won’t have to save as much water to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s mandatory regulations.

Locally, Lodi was moved from 36 percent — the highest possible tier — to 32 percent. That’s good news for a community that has struggled to save water over the past year or so.

The Calaveras County Water District was moved from the 32 percent tier all the way down to the 16 percent tier. The change was made after officials excluded the district’s wholesale water and took into account seasonal tourism.

Here’s the updated list for each water supplier in California. Starting on page 16 you’ll find a list of those whose tiers were changed.

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