Sacramento Water Grate

Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Ranks #1 in California for water waste complaints

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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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