Environment

Is California water use increasing?

Produced by Aaron Mendelson & Chris Keller | Updated Sept. 7, 2016

January monthly water use by the Marin Municipal Water District

Water consumption in the Marin Municipal Water District increased 1.61 percent in January 2017 compared to January 2016. Overall, consumption in January has decreased 10.71 percent over the past four years.
  • January 2014 0 million gallons
  • January 2015 504 million gallons
  • January 2016 444 million gallons
  • January 2017 451 million gallons

Displayed in millions of gallons

Average daily water consumption by each residential customer

About 75.0% of water consumption in the Marin Municipal Water District is residential. The average daily gallons used by each residential customer increased 1.34 percent in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.
57.52
average daily gallons
used by each residential
customer for January 2017
56.76
average daily gallons
used by each residential
customer for January 2016

Year-over-year water consumption

January
  • 2013 506 million gallons
  • 2015 504 million gallons
  • 2016 444 million gallons
February
  • 2013 498 million gallons
  • 2015 459 million gallons
  • 2016 421 million gallons
March
  • 2013 620 million gallons
  • 2015 619 million gallons
  • 2016 453 million gallons
April
  • 2013 694 million gallons
  • 2015 588 million gallons
  • 2016 542 million gallons
May
  • 2013 919 million gallons
  • 2015 664 million gallons
  • 2016 700 million gallons
June
  • 2013 924 million gallons
  • 2015 687 million gallons
  • 2016 798 million gallons
July
  • 2013 970 million gallons
  • 2015 745 million gallons
  • 2016 859 million gallons
August
  • 2013 964 million gallons
  • 2015 772 million gallons
  • 2016 857 million gallons
September
  • 2013 893 million gallons
  • 2015 729 million gallons
  • 2016 798 million gallons
October
  • 2013 847 million gallons
  • 2015 700 million gallons
  • 2016 640 million gallons
November
  • 2013 681 million gallons
  • 2015 531 million gallons
  • 2016 474 million gallons
December
  • 2013 615 million gallons
  • 2015 466 million gallons
  • 2016 456 million gallons

Displayed in millions of gallons
2014 water use data is incomplete and therefore not displayed

Progress toward mandatory water reduction*

Marin Municipal Water District water use decreased by 21.26 percent between June 2015 and February 2016 — the nine months of the initial statewide conservation mandate — achieving a 20 percent reduction.
63.919
billion gallons consumed
over the same months in 2013.
50.330
billion gallons consumed
between June 2015 and February 2016.

*: Approved by the State Water Resources Control Board in 2015, the reduction target was meant to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide. It is tied to an average July through Sept. 2014 daily per capita residential water use rate of gallons that places water agencies into nine tiers.

Enforcement statistics

Selected enforcement statistics reported by the Marin Municipal Water District to the State Water Resources Control Board.
Month Watering Days Complaints Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJanuary 2017 Watering Days3 Complaints Received2 Follow-up Actions1 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthDecember 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received4 Follow-up Actions3 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthNovember 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received11 Follow-up Actions9 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthOctober 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received18 Follow-up Actions10 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthSeptember 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received19 Follow-up Actions8 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthAugust 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received4 Follow-up Actions4 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJuly 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received32 Follow-up Actions14 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJune 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received22 Follow-up Actions14 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthMay 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received21 Follow-up Actions16 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthApril 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received18 Follow-up Actions13 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthMarch 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received4 Follow-up Actions1 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthFebruary 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received13 Follow-up Actions6 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJanuary 2016 Watering Days3 Complaints Received6 Follow-up Actions2 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthDecember 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received12 Follow-up Actions7 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthNovember 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received6 Follow-up Actions4 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthOctober 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received47 Follow-up Actions26 Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthSeptember 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received41 Follow-up Actions26 Warnings Issued2 Penalties Assessed
MonthAugust 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received61 Follow-up Actions35 Warnings Issued1 Penalties Assessed
MonthJuly 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received87 Follow-up Actions53 Warnings Issued2 Penalties Assessed
MonthJune 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received83 Follow-up Actions68 Warnings Issued2 Penalties Assessed
MonthMay 2015 Watering Days3 Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthApril 2015 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthMarch 2015 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthFebruary 2015 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJanuary 2015 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthDecember 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthNovember 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthOctober 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthSeptember 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthAugust 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJuly 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed
MonthJune 2014 Watering Days Complaints Received Follow-up Actions Warnings Issued Penalties Assessed

Here are some ways you can help conserve water

Repair leaks

Take shorter showers

Repair broken sprinklers

Wash cars with a bucket and sponge

About the data: This data is for urban water suppliers and is based on the the most recent reports submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board. Since the gallons of water used per person per day measurement does not take into account rainfall, temperature, humidity and population density, the State Water Resources Control Board discourages comparisons between water suppliers.

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