San Francisco officials declare water shortage state of emergency, ask residents to cut use by 10%

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco city officials declared a water shortage emergency on Tuesday as the state continues to weather droughts for the past two years.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission declared a state of emergency along with Mayor London Breed, and at their Tuesday meeting, the commission voted unanimously for a commitment to voluntarily reduce the city’s water consumption by 10%.

The reduction is based on water consumption from July 2019 to June 2020, city officials said.

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The water reduction call is voluntary for all 2.7 million SFPUC customers, which are located not only in San Francisco, but also in the counties of Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo.

“As California continues to experience devastating drought and uncertainty surrounding this rainy season, we must make tough decisions to ensure our water source remains reliable and reliable going forward,” Breed said in a statement.

“Year after year, San Franciscans are rising up to conserve our most valuable resource, resulting in some of the lowest water usage rates in California, and at this critical time, I know our city will once again live up to the call to reduce water usage,” she said.

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“We are in a drought with far-reaching consequences, and it has become clear that we all need to do more to address it,” said SFPUC Director Dennis Herrera. “San Franciscans have done their part and have some of the lowest water consumption in the state. This water shortage emergency declaration will help all of our customers work together and move in the same direction.”

Part of the emergency statement will include a water conservation awareness campaign, consisting of multilingual media ads, urging customers to take action to conserve water, such as repairing leaking toilets, installing low-flow fixtures and reducing outdoor water consumption, city officials said. .

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