North Tahoe PUD hits state water mandate in August |

North Tahoe PUD hits state water mandate in August

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Residents of the North Tahoe Public Utility District reduced residential water consumption in August 2015 by 28.7 percent compared to August 2013, officials announced last week.

NTPUD has reached required targets in all months but July since the state mandated a 28 percent target in April 2015, according to the district.

The district’s reduction was 27.1 percent for July, according to previous reports.

NTPUD’s August 2013 usage was 206.3 residential gallons per capita per day, 185 residential gallons per capital per day in 2014 and 147 residential gallons per capita per day in 2015.

“The North Tahoe Public Utility District would like to thank our residents that have been diligently working to reduce their water consumption,” General Manager Duane Whitelaw said in a statement.

There are currently two different water conservation mandates in effect in California, due to the Western drought.

The first is Gov. Jerry Brown’s order of 25 percent cuts in urban water use by 2016 — with that, the State Water Resources Control Board has ordered urban water districts, depending on level of use, to reduce water consumption between 4 percent and 36 percent.

The second mandate is the 20 percent by 2020 reduction, which requires all water producers to reduce their 2010 water production by 20 percent by the year 2020.

NTPUD officials believe the district will be trending well in this area, with a reported reduction of 34 percent from 2010 water production levels, compared to 2015 year-to-date usage.

A complete list of prohibitions on outdoor water use is available on the district’s website at