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SoCal Water Agency to Issue Customers "Personal Drought" Reports

The report will detail how much water customers will need to save this year in order to meet the governor’s call to save 20 percent

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    In a nod to Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to all Californians to reduce water use during the state’s drought crisis, a local water agency will issue personal drought reports to its customers next week.

    Valencia to Issue Personalized Drought Mailers

    [LA] Valencia to Issue Personalized Drought Mailers
    Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s call on Californians to reduce water usage amid the current drought, one Southern California city is mailing its residents personalized reports detailing water usage and ways to cut back. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Valencia for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014)

    The Valencia Water Company’s 30,000 customers will receive a report by mail detailing how much water they will need to save this year in order to meet the governor’s call to save 20 percent. It will also provide tips on conservation.

    The drought calculator, as the agency calls it, will display each residence’s water use in 2013 subtracted by 20 percent, leaving the total needed to meet the governor’s goal.

    Participation is not mandatory.

    “What they do with these drought reports is really up to them,” said Matt dickens, the agency’s resource conservation manager.

    The Valencia Water Company serves Valencia, Stevenson Ranch and portions of Saugus, Newhall and Castaic.

    California is under a drought emergency declared earlier this year by the governor as the state faces a third-consecutive dry year.

    The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report, issued Thursday, shows that 100 percent of the state remains under Moderate to Exceptional drought conditions. More than 96 percent of the state is under Severe to Exceptional drought conditions.

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