SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Two million customers from San Francisco’s Water Department are getting a collective pat on the back for reducing water consumption by at least 10 percent this summer.

The statewide drought had prompted Governor Jerry Brown to call for a 20 percent water reduction. The city’s water department followed up with voluntary 10 percent cuts.

Customers fell short of that during the winter and spring, but according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tyrone Jue, they’re finally getting the message.

“Over the last four weeks we’ve doubled the amount of the cumulative total amount of water we’ve saved from the beginning of the year. Up until this period we’ve doubled that amount. It just shows you how much more we’re conserving this summer than we were earlier on,” he said.

Jue said the PUC predicts that if everyone keeps up with the conservation effort that mandatory restrictions could be avoided, at least for this year, even if it does turn out to be a dry winter.

He points out conservation is a marathon and not a sprint so water users need to keep up the good work throughout the drought.


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