To ensure that water conservation is truly a way of life in California, on May 31, 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown signed two state bills into law, creating a comprehensive framework for using water efficiently. The requirements will become effective in 2023 and set new water use targets for urban water providers like SFPUC.
The SFPUC will be responsible for meeting our state-appointed water use target on an aggregate level across our retail service area. Water supplier's new targets will not be enforceable at the individual account holder level.
The state will set standards for the following water uses, which will be combined to form a single overall efficiency target for each urban water provider's service area:
- A standard for indoor residential water use of 55 gallons per person per day, dropping to 50 gallons by 2030
- A standard for outdoor residential water use
- A standard for outdoor non-residential water use for dedicated irrigation commercial accounts
- A standard for water loss due to leaks in a water utility's pipe infrastructure
With an average residential per capita use around 43 gallons per person per day, the SFPUC already exceeds the state's residential per capita reduction target. We are thankful to our customers for their ongoing commitment to water efficiency, and we will continue to partner with our community to ensure we meet the water use targets.