Stockton MUD water savings fall to 11 percent

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Add Stockton to the long list of communities where water conservation efforts are waning.

Stockton MUD officials have released numbers for August showing 11 percent savings. One month earlier, residents saved 23 percent.

In August 2015, during the worst of the drought, the number was 25 percent. And in June of that year it was 41 percent.

The city’s 11-percent performance in August marked the lowest savings rate in this  region. A more useful way to look at it, however, is that Stockton MUD customers used about 141 gallons per person per day — less than Tracy (151), Lodi (173) and Ripon (299), but substantially more than Cal Water customers in central Stockton (86 gallons per person).

The increase in water use comes two months after Stockton MUD and most other suppliers in California were allowed to ditch their mandatory state-imposed conservation targets. Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said earlier this month that the state is now on “yellow alert” as a result.

Officials have warned that mandatory targets could be imposed once more next year if the state continues to move in the wrong direction. That’s why September’s numbers, which should be released just after the beginning of November, will be so interesting. Stay tuned.

(For those who really pay attention to this stuff, for some reason MUD’s numbers weren’t included with the water board’s usual monthly report. I asked MUD for the numbers independently, and city staff provided them.)

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