Water agencies focus the bulk of their conservation efforts on residential water usage, as the majority of use comes from outside residential homes — about 60% is the industry standard, Myrter said. The most common culprit of water waste is when residents overwater their lawns, he said. Water agencies and cities address a number of conservation issues through education and awareness, but that may not be enough.
The city has commissioned studies to determine the cost of implementing a price tiering system — which could be expensive due to the computer system needed — and is evaluating the 26,300 accounts in Newport Beach to determine what an appropriate allocation would be for each customer. Those studies are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“While we certainly support measures to conserve water, as evidenced by promoting high-tech weather-based irrigation systems, at the same time, we must be careful to ensure that Newport Beach maintains its traditional rights to water use,” Councilwoman Leslie Daigle wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Pilot.