Who has made the grade?

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - thomas suh­lauder and matt stevens thomas. lauder @ latimes. com Twit­ter: @thomas06037 matt. stevens @ latimes. com Twit­ter: @By­MattStevens

On April 1, as Cal­i­for­nia en­tered a fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown stood in a bar­ren f ield that should have been smoth­ered in snow and de­manded a 25% cut in ur­ban wa­ter use.

To com­ply with Brown’s man­date, the State Wa­ter Re­sources Con­trol Board de­vel­oped re­duc­tion tar­gets that each of Cal­i­for­nia’s more than 400 ur­ban wa­ter dis­tricts must meet over the next sev­eral months.

Dis­tricts that have had high residential wa­ter us­age must cut their over­all con­sump­tion by as much as 36%. Dis­tricts that have recorded low residential use will be re­quired to cut their us­age by as lit­tle as 4%. The tar­gets were f in­al­ized by state reg­u­la­tors af­ter weeks of public com­ment.

Reg­u­la­tors will eval­u­ate com­pli­ance on both a monthly and a rolling cu­mu­la­tive ba­sis be­gin­ning this month and run­ning through Fe­bru­ary. Wa­ter use dur­ing that time will be com­pared with the same months in 2013.

Dis­tricts that fail to meet re­duc­tion tar­gets may be fined up to $ 10,000 a day.

The re­port cards be­low show the tar­gets for 16 dis­tricts across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The re­port cards also show how much each dis­trict’s ac­tual wa­ter us­age in­creased or de­creased in April 2015, as com­pared with April 2013. The April data are the latest avail­able.

The state re­leases new wa­ter- use data at the be­gin­ning of each month. These re­port cards will be up­dated online at latimes. com/ drought- re­port- card as new in­for­ma­tion is re­leased. Reg­u­la­tors said wa­ter use for this month will be made public by early Au­gust.

Although dis­tricts will be judged on how much they re­duce to­tal wa­ter use — which in­cludes com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial and other sec­tors — residential use usu­ally makes up the largest share of wa­ter con­sump­tion in ur­ban ar­eas.

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