Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Capital Public Radio
Sacramento Ranks #1 in California for water waste complaints
Sacramento received 3,100 water waste complaints in the month of April — the most out of nearly 400 agencies in the state.
Even when taking into account population, Sacramento still ranks high for water complaints in April, according to the Department Of Water Resources.
“I think the Sacramento community is more aware of what’s happening. We’ve done a great job of educating the public,” says Rhea Serran, a spokeswoman with the Utilities Department.
She says that focus on education has resulted in a more vigilant public.
“They have been very helpful to let us know what’s happening in their communities and, but we also want to embrace that it’s not just about them letting us know that their neighbor is watering, but they’re educating themselves on ways that they can save water in and out of their home,” she says.
|Agency||Complaints Received||Agency||Complaints Per 1,000 People|
|City of Sacramento||3,100||City of Rio Vista||7.93|
|Los Angeles Department Of Water And Power||1,875||City of Sacramento||6.46|
|City of Long Beach||1,766||City of Roseville||5.77|
|City of Fresno||1,298||Santa Fe Irrigation District||5.49|
|City of Modesto||941||City of Merced||5.12|
|City of San Diego||820||City of Ripon||4.62|
|City of Roseville||710||City of Folsom||4.62|
|City of Pasadena||437||City of Modesto||4.26|
|City of Merced||426||City of Long Beach||3.73|
|San Jose Water Company||385||Pinedale County Water District||3.65|
|City of Huntington Beach||340||Lodi City of Public Works Department||3.25|
|City of Glendale||315||City of West Sacramento||3.01|
|Sacramento County Water Agency||298||City of Chino Hills||2.97|
|City of Folsom||293||City of Pasadena||2.64|
|City of Chino Hills||226||City of Newman Water Department||2.53|
|Lodi City of Public Works Department||207||Laguna Beach County Water District||2.51|
|San Francisco Public Utilities Commision||194||City of San Luis Obispo||2.51|
|City of Clovis||191||City of Fresno||2.48|
|Sacramento Suburban Water District||183||City of La Palma||2.01|
|Coachella Valley Water District||161||Olivehurst Public Utility District||1.99|
|California-American Water Company Sacramento||161||Orange Vale Water Company||1.89|
|Desert Water AGency||160||Sacramento County Water Agency||1.82|
|City of Burbank||159||Triunfo Sanitation District / Oak Park Water Service||1.80|
|City of West Sacramento||153||City of Clovis||1.76|
|City of San Bernardino||148||Winton Water & Sanitary District||1.76|
Residents can report water waste, both commercial and residential, through the city’s 311 number or by sending an e-mail. There’s also a 311 app that allows users to take a picture and notify the city’s conservation specialist on where waste is occurring. The app provides a timestamp. These reports call attention to water runoff or leaks, and residents who are watering at the wrong time.
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