On September 25 the DWP Board of Commissioners approved a suite of conservation measures that serve as the ingredients that will make up a complete Water Conservation Management Plan. For the past year DWP staff have been working with Maddaus Water Management Inc. on the demand side planning document that identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes current and potential water efficiency measures. The Plan is made possible through a 50% matching grant offered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
“The DWP is proud to be a leader and innovator in the field of conservation,” explains Water Conservation and Public Information Supervisor Sierra Orr. “We have been incredibly successful over the last fifteen years and we want to build on that legacy, but do so in a more strategic way so that we can better plan for and evaluate our water use efficiency programs.”
California has passed and implemented a number of water use regulations, guidelines and best management practices since Governor Brown declared a statewide drought in April of 2015. Despite the declaration that the drought was over in 2017, the Big Bear valley has yet to be classified as anything better than “abnormally dry,” and is currently categorized as in a severe drought.
“For years we have planned capital improvement projects to address the need for a reliable water supply,” explains DWP General Manager Reginald Lamson, “this is our opportunity to evaluate the other side of the coin and take a good hard look at demand and how we can address that.”
The complete Water Conservation Management Plan with a slate of twenty conservation measures to be implemented over the next twenty seven years is scheduled to go before the Board for approval by the end of year.
List of measures that will be included in the plan (in no particular order):