Los Osos – Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) water customers saved more than 40 million gallons of water between January and November 2015 compared to 2014. Customers reduced water use by 20.6% overall, according to cumulative water usage reports from LOCSD.
Under Governor Brown’s emergency drought order, communities are required to cut water use between four percent and 36 percent—a number determined by a community’s average number of gallons of water used per person per day. In Los Osos, the governor mandated a 20 percent reduction in use over 2013 consumption. Between January and November 2015, district customers reduced water usage 29.78 percent compared to 2013.
To put the 2015 savings in perspective, 40 million gallons of water would fill enough gallon-sized jugs to stretch from Los Osos to New York, plus 500 miles farther. If you compare 2015 to 2013 (65 million gallons saved), the jugs would stretch from Los Osos to Japan, and then some.
The district’s goal for residential water usage is 50 gallons per person per day. Currently, customers are using approximately 65 gallons of water per person per day.
In addition to the drought, Los Osos residents face another water challenge. Earlier this year, LOCSD released an updated Seawater Intrusion Report that showed an advancing wave of seawater encroaching and mixing with freshwater in the basin. Years of drought and basin overdraft is rapidly worsening the intrusion rate. Seawater intrusion renders freshwater unusable.