San Francisco, California – Due to California’s extending drought, San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are urging consumers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10%.
The request, which was submitted on Tuesday, went into effect immediately and affects the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s 2.7 million consumers in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties.
“With California still experiencing devastating drought and the uncertainty around this rainy season, we need to make tough decisions that will ensure that our water source continues to be reliable and dependable for the future,” said Mayor London N. Breed in a statement.
Starting April 1, customers who do not fulfill the conservation goal will face a fee of up to 5% on their bills.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom asked the state’s nearly 40 million residents to decrease water consumption by 15% this year voluntarily, but new data released last week suggests that few people are following through.
Californians used 3.9 percent less water in September than they did in August, down from 5.1 percent in August.Since July, California’s water use has decreased by only 3.6 percent.
The giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a regional drought emergency earlier this month and urged residents to conserve water.