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This morning’s Bee has a look at how water agencies around California are addressing water conservation goals. Where does Rancho Murieta rank?

A chart with the story lists the top five communities in water consumption per person per day in 2012:

  • Rancho Santa Fe: 485 gallons

  • Folsom: 329 gallons

  • Fair Oaks: 284 gallons

  • Placer County: 268 gallons

  • Bakersfield: 267 gallons

The bottom five:

  • Garden Grove: 128 gallons
Los Angeles: 124 gallons

  • Long Beach: 112 gallons

  • Santa Rosa: 106 gallons
San Francisco: 89 gallons

Where would Rancho Murieta fall on this chart? We would be #3 from the top, at nearly 300 gallons a day.

A 10-year moving average of per-person water consumption says each Murietan used 290+ gallons per day from 2005 to 2009, according to a 2010 Community Services District planning report.
 Our water consumption in 2012 was about the same as 2009's, and in 2013, a year of serious drought, it was up about 5 percent, according to the CSD annual operations report, delivered earlier this year.  The number of households grew little between 2009 and 2013.

The Bee story notes it’s hard to pin down water expectations across California, given the varied microclimates, geography and socio-economic factors. Still, some things don’t seem to make sense.  From the story:

  • In the tony hillside mansions of Los Altos, residents in 2012 consumed an average of 197 gallons of water per person each day. Step across the city limits into Mountain View, and consumption drops to 139 gallons per day.
  • In Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, per capita consumption is 163 gallons per day. Next door in Garden Grove, the average is only 128 gallons each per day.
  • In the state capital’s metro region, Folsom residents consume 329 gallons each per day. Their neighbors in adjacent Orangevale consume significantly less, 225 gallons per day.

Beyond the state's proclamation of the need to reduce water use by 20 percent due to the drought, and a 2009 state law that requires a 20-percent cut in use of potable water by 2020, Rancho Murieta will have to go to the state in 2020 to seek an extension of its right to draw water from the Cosumnes River -- the lifeblood of the community. 

Again and again, the CSD has pointed to our community's landscaping as the chief consumer of water -- more than half of the water we use.

Myrna Solomon's picture
Joined: 07/31/2007
Posts: 427
Post rating: 745

No surprise to me..

I see people wasting water every single time I walk or drive around our community. People water anytime they want and some water every day. I see water running down the gutter from one house on Guadalupe every time I walk on that street. Many here think they can use what they want because they can afford to pay for it, not caring that we only have a finite amount and that amount belongs to everyone, not just them. Entitlement comes to my mind every time..some of us are cutting way back and find it astounding that other's just don't think they have to do anything. 

Myrna Solomon

Nellie Bloom's picture
Joined: 08/03/2007
Posts: 362
Post rating: 587

Interesting report

Our whole area isn't faring well in water conservation. It doesn't make any sense to keep doing the same thing over and over if it's not getting the desired results. The only option is to approach the problem differently. It seems the current approach is not getting the desired result. Time for a Plan B. I'd rather have mandatory water meters and target daily gallons then neighbor vs neighbor. Which we've seen plenty of online. Frustration does that, I get it. In these cases, we rely on our leadership to do what is best for the community even if it annoys some people. Not fun but water is serious. Is there a next steps plan? 

Nellie Bloom's picture
Joined: 08/03/2007
Posts: 362
Post rating: 587

Never mind

Mandatory water restriction should help. Thnx CSD. 

Teresa Field's picture
Joined: 08/13/2007
Posts: 110
Post rating: 82

Drought Concerns

Thanks RM.com for your recent postings on the community's water use.  I am very concerned about the water usage in our community especially RMA's use of water.  Why are we adding a new field and water park in a drought?  Also, why are we still allowing water slides at Relay for Life?  Water was running continuously into the drain that day.  Is this water getting recycled?  Has the RMA Board reviewed how much water we are wasting and how much we are conserving?  How has RMA changed its practices regarding the use of water?  I urge our current Board to please address these questions and the problem of the drought overall.  It is in all of our best interest to preserve our beautiful lakes and landscaping while having the water we need for our basic needs.  There are many of us in the community who are very concerned and would like to see a community wide plan. 

Marklin Brown's picture
Joined: 08/12/2007
Posts: 196
Post rating: 104

The "Hotel"

The newer members of the community will not remember all the discussions and meetings attempting to stop new development and one reason was the finite water supply and dependency on the snow pack.

Now reality faces us squarely and how would the "Hotel, etc" across the street affect our water availability if it was operational? There needs to be a moratorium on new development and tied directly with new water availability, period. Such as desalination, which won't happen here. When a rancher's well has gone dry just across highway 16, is it time to wake up?

Meanwhile the metering on all the residences should tell a story about who is using water in abundance. My bill tells me. Why can't this be used to target the gross offenders to start with? I won't police my neighbor, do you?



Joanna Walker's picture
Joined: 08/01/2014
Posts: 30
Post rating: 21

Water Metering Question

If RMCSD is metering residential water usage, it seems that it would not be difficult to identify, and significantly fine, homeowners who are exceeding a lot-size-based standard.  I understand there will still be those with "I'll use what I want and pay what I have to" attitudes, but see few other options for enforcing water conservation mandates.  Neighbors should not have to police neighbors.

My big question - is the CSD actually metering residential water use?  How/when do they read meters?  For years, my billing information has shown the same water use every month - to the gallon. This seems impossible.  Four people here showering, laundry, cooking - same water used as 1 person here.  Cutting back on landscape watering - same usage as the previous month (and year).  I don't believe any of it.  Is CSD just making up a number and spitting out bills?  


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