The Long Beach Water Department is looking at two new programs that could allow it to turn water service on remotely through new smart meters and another that could offer free leak fixes for low-income households.
In July, Long Beach reduced its water use by 14% compared to 2020, when the state was in its last non-drought year, following a three-month trend of water use reductions this summer.
Long Beach gets about 60% of its annual water supply from local groundwater wells, and the city is looking to invest in more wells to broaden the department’s ability to tap into the cheaper, local water as sources elsewhere continue to dwindle.
Long Beach gets about 60% of its annual water supply from local groundwater wells, and the water department is trying to make that process more efficient.
The Board of Water Commissioners is expected to approve the department’s 2023 budget next month, and an early version of the budget shows no increases in water or sewer rates.
Officials also made the case Thursday for the City Council to consider a charter amendment to move the gas utility out of the Energy Resources department and into the Water Department’s jurisdiction.
The 2.54% decrease will result in a savings of about $2 per month for most residential customers for the rest of the fiscal year that ends in September.
The proposal to go to Stage 2, which would limit landscape irrigation to two days per week year-round, would take the city back to water conservation rules not seen since June 2016.
“Residents should know that if someone calls or texts them asking for payment or personal information, the caller is not from the Water Department,” a department spokesperson said.
The Water Department told residents to be wary of anything suspicious, such as the impersonator in this case who appears to have rolled up to some houses on a hoverboard.