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This is one of the things that I love and admire about Sacramento and what makes me proud to be part of this community. It is incredible to witness the comrade, unity and oneness this city possesses. And now we have another example of the entire Sacramento City getting behind a project, supporting each other and supporting the city. By cutting back just 20% of water consumption Sacramento City has been able to save 7 billion gallons of water in the last year. That is an all time in the last 100 years!

That is a huge accomplishment that came about from just everyone doing their part faithfully contributing to the bigger picture. City residents not only upheld the state-mandated water cut of 20%, but went a step further to consume water at the lowest levels. According to SparSacWater quoted in cityofsacramento, it is reported that: “The City reported a consumption rate of 179 gallons per person per day (GPCD) for 2014 compared to an average rate of 248 gallons per person per day, 100 years ago. GPCD measures the average rate of residential and commercial water based on Sacramento’s population. 1980 showed the highest water usage of 307 gallons per person per day. In 1980, the population of the City was approximately 275,000 compared to the current population of about 475,000. Even with over 200,000 more residents in the City today, City customers have never been so efficient with their water usage.”

The awareness of water conservation alone is amazing to witness. Not only are customers themselves conserving water, but also reporting on other accounts of water consumption misuse and violations. Sacramento residents must continue to abide by this way of operating for some more time as the drought has not yet passed, however it seems that the community is able to pull through it quite successfully in terms of saving water and yet using it when needed. And a little reminder again that we must all do our part to make this city what it is and to help it run successfully. The responsibility does not rest in only the city leaders but in each one that calls Sacramento home.

Updated on June 25th, 2016