On Tuesday, the Long Beach Water Department released the conservation numbers for August, and Long Beach’s water use was down 17.7 percent from August 2013, making it the third consecutive month the city has exceeded the 16 percent conservation mark mandated by Governor Jerry Brown.
According to the release, the city used 4,645 acre-feet of water, the lowest for August since 1955, despite a three-degree surge in average temperatures for the month, increasing from a 50-year average of 75 degrees to 78 degrees.
"We should all be proud that our residents have continued to set records for conservation, even with the very hot weather," said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. "I want to encourage everyone to continue these great efforts, because it really makes a difference for our city and for California."
"Let’s keep working together to reduce our water usage," said Harry Saltzgaver, president of the Board of Water Commissioners in a statement. "Easy, simple practices really do add up to make a big difference for our city, especially in these warm months. We’re in this for the long haul, so habit changes are key."
The city is continuing its campaign to reduce water use throughout the city with MissionH2OLB, which "aims to help the City use water efficiently, meet the state’s target, and still enjoy the community’s lifestyle." To join the campaign, take a pledge to reduce water use and listen to local bands spreading the water conservation message, click here.