Tag: Water Conservation

El Nino, Not Quite The Blockbuster Many Had Hoped For

Big Bear, CA, February 29th, 2016 – After a sunny February, the hopes that El Nino storms would go a long way toward restoring California’s water supplies and correcting the damage done by years of drought are now fading. Instead, the new assumption is that in April, the state government will renew strict rules mandating water conservation in local water districts for another year. “It’s already a less dire situation, given the precipitation we have received so far this winter. But it would have to rain almost every day — storm after storm after storm — in March for there to be no drought rules this summer,” Max Gomberg, a top official with the State Water Resources Control Board. Nevertheless, this dry period isn’t as bad news for the region as it might seem, because the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gets 30 percent of its water from Northern California via the State Water Project’s 444-mile-long aqueduct. As of Feb. 22, the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which feeds the state water system, was 94 percent of normal. Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have gotten soaked, while Southern California has been left pretty dry (with a few notable exceptions). Many of California’s most populous cities haven’t witnessed an especially remarkable winter to date. This isn’t quite the blockbuster year that many had hoped for (especially in the south). The...

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Big Bear DWP Water Policy Changes Announced

Big Bear, CA, February 7th, 2016 – The Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power approved changes to its conservation policy Jan. 26, including more clearly spelling out potential fines for extreme water wasters, as well as offering new rebates for replacing old toilets and fixtures. The policy shifts were made in response to state-level changes last year. In April, the California Energy Commission approved new standards for appliances such as toilets, which took effect Jan. 1. In June, the governor signed a bill increasing potential penalties for violating requirements of a water agency conservation program. Those penalties...

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Doing Our Part for Big Bear Lake Water Conservation

Big Bear CA, December 12th, 2015 -UPDATE, December 13th, 11:00am – The California drought has had a major impact on all of our lives, and the Big Bear Lake Department of Water Conservation is reminding residents and visitors alike to do their part and take some simple steps to preserve this precious resource.  In other words, please, Don’t Tap Out When It Comes To Water Conservation! Here are a few simple things we can all do: First; Look for leaks! Checking pressurized water systems such as faucets, toilets, irrigation systems, washing machines and dishwashers can save you money. Then; Time your shower! Get...

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Water Conservation Target Missed Last Month

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 16, 2015 –  Last month was the first month our community did not meet our water conservation target of 16%, falling short at 12.96%. Since September is already cooler than August and we’ve started getting rain, the DWP asks that you adjust your irrigation accordingly, or consider shutting it off for the season. Remember, there is no outdoor irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall of at least 1/4 inch, which is a new state regulation. Most landscapers can install a rainfall sensor so that the system can automatically shut off for 48 hours if the homeowners aren’t there to shut it off. Homeowners should also fix any leaks they see no matter how small. Especially as we move into winter these leaks can cause serious issues as temperatures start to drop. As temperatures drop and rain falls, the next couple months will offer a big opportunity to conserve...

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New Water Use Regulations Coming?

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 11, 2014 – Governor Brown is expected to sign several bills, approved by the state legislature, into law this month, requiring local agencies to set up long term groundwater management plans. These new laws would allow state and local governments to intervene in groundwater use if necessary. California draws close to 60 percent of its water from groundwater sources and is the only state in the Western United States without groundwater management laws in place. Some who rely on private wells for their water see the potential law as an intrusion on their property rights. However, supporters of the law point out that groundwater is all connected and must be shared in times of drought. The Big Bear area was identified as one of the more than 500 groundwater basins throughout California and ranked as a ‘medium priority’ basin. That means Big Bear may be required to form a local groundwater sustainability agency by June of 2017 who would then have to adopt a long term plan by 2022. This new agency would monitor all groundwater use including private wells and allow DWP and CSD to modify pumping in areas where supply has declined. Currently, Big Bear’s water use appears to be in balance. With a relatively low water use rate per capita and some water use restrictions already in place, Big Bear’s groundwater supply...

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