S.F. Gets a Gold Star for Water Conservation

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The San Francisco Chronicle writes about the city’s successful efforts to conserve water.

Already, San Francisco residents use the least amount of water per day compared with the rest of the state – 49 gallons on average as opposed to 100 statewide.

“A lot of it is behavioral things – get to know your water use first, then adjust simple things,” said Julie OrtizPUC water conservation manager. “Fill up the dishwasher and clothes washer before you run them, fix leaks.”

Overall, water use in the city has declined by 12 percent since the last major drought – and the last mandatory rationing – ended more than two decades ago, and residential use is down by 18 percent.

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