From The Mayor's Desk

Water

by Mayor Wood

Water has been on the minds of many.  Recently the Los Angeles Times published an article about a reported increase in California City’s water consumption by 28%, after the state mandated conservation measures.  While that’s a disturbing report, let’s peel back the layers of this onion to get to the bottom of what’s going on.  Many of you who are closely following the drought already know that the state is measuring how cities are meeting the mandates by using 2013 as a baseline.  June 2015 water consumption will be measured with June 2013 to determine if we are using more or less water — but more importantly if we are meeting our goals.  So what’s changed to create the appearance of increased water usage?  

In 2013, the California City Corrections Facility owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) terminated their contract with the Department of Justice and transferred all of their prisoners and guard personnel in order to enter into the new contract to lease the facility to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).  This created a huge decrease in the demand for water to a facility that could house 2,500 inmates, the employees and their families as many moved to other locations out of our City.  CCA was the largest water customer in our city.  Flash forward to 2015, CDCR now leases the facility and as of June 30th has a prison population of 2,351 inmates and a staff of 750.  That is a huge increase in water demand over 2013.  Ahhh, now we’re beginning to understand.  But there is more.

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