Camarillo is forecast to receive 1.5 inches of rain starting Sunday evening and continuing through Tuesday. Our general manager has warned that we need to reduce our water use by an additional 10 percent in the current water year or suffer draconian water use restrictions imposed by imported water suppliers. These restrictions could come as early as August if we do not meet our conservation goal.
In the water year ending September 30, 2022, we met our goal of reducing consumption by 19.1 percent versus the prior water year, even though our board’s directive to reduce consumption by 20 percent did not become effective until May 1, 2022, which was seven months after the start of the water year. In the current water year, ending September 30, 2023, we have 12 months to focus on conservation. If we can reduce our consumption by 20-25 percent in November 2022 through April 2023 versus those months in the last water year and then in May through September 2023 just match our consumption in those months in 2022, we can reach our conservation goal for the whole current water year. Avoiding irrigation before, during, and after rain events this winter would be a big help.
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You meant 2022 and 2023?
Thanks for catching that. The correction has been made. The last water year ended September 30, 2022, and the current water year runs from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023.
Those of us with modern sprinkler controllers don’t need to make any adjustments at all – the system gets weather data from the internet and delays watering automatically.
Modern sprinkler controllers can save a lot of water compared to old sprinkler timers, and they are very reasonably priced. Everyone should have one by now.