LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to support urban water conservation in Los Angeles County.
“Given the latest Executive Order by Governor Gavin Newsom asking Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent, we at the County, must act with urgency to address the growing climate crisis resulting in extreme drought conditions across California,” shared Chair Solis. “By examining the County’s current use of water among County facilities, we can do our part to reduce water consumption and aid in conservation efforts that can also be made accessible to communities across the County as we all play a part in addressing climate change.”
In April of this year, Governor Newsom issued a State of Emergency Proclamation in response to severe drought conditions in parts of the State, which has since been expanded to cover 50 counties. In July, the Governor issued an Executive Order that further asked Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent.
“LA, along with the rest of the state, is going to be high and dry if we don’t meet the Governor’s call for a 15% reduction in water use. Today, the Board set in motion a quick turnaround planning process to help us respond thoughtfully and effectively to this crisis,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
This motion would direct the Chief Executive Officer, in collaboration with the Directors of Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Internal Services, to report back to the Board within 120 days on the following: Baseline water usage based on an average of 2017, 2018 and 2019 annual usage data at the top 100 County facilities; The percentage of water sourced from recycled water sources particularly for irrigation of large, landscaped areas, such as golf courses; A summary of planned and recently completed water efficiency upgrades, and the status of that work; and Recommendations on how to achieve a 15% reduction in water use as compared to the 2017-2019 baseline at County facilities that are in alignment with other County sustainability goals, such as preservation of the urban tree canopy.
The motion would further instruct the Director of Public Works to conduct a survey of current and planned drought-related education and outreach efforts by local water agencies targeting communities in County unincorporated areas, and report back to the Board within 120 days with a plan that accomplishes the following: Enhances these current and planned efforts through the Water for LA Program; Utilizes best practices learned from campaigns during the previous drought to reach the highest water users; and ensures that education and outreach efforts reach linguistically isolated communities and include information on resources to support water efficiency upgrades such as free or low-cost fixtures and rebate programs.
To view the full motion, click here.
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov