Water and wastewater measures focus on increasing water efficiency in appliances in new residential development, reducing treated water used in landscaping within new residential development and at County facilities, and helping unincorporated county residents capture and utilize rainwater at home. Measures in this sector will help the County achieve reductions of 14,148 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 and 17,622 in 2030.

MEASURES


Strategy W-1 – Reduce Potable Water Consumption

Strategy W-2 – Increase Rainwater Use

BACKGROUND


Climate change magnifies the frequency, severity, and length of drought conditions in our region and state. Reducing indoor and outdoor water use and capturing rainwater for irrigation results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction, processing, and transportation of treated water.

2019 Achievements

  • Reduced County facility water consumption by 15.5% from 2014 levels
  • Distributed 427 rain barrels in 2019 and 7,795 barrels since 2015

Awards

  • The County developed Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategies, which provides new guidance for developers of public and private design, construction, and maintenance projects. The County received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2020 (NACo Category: Community Resilience: Infrastructure, Energy & Sustainability).
  • The Borrego Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan, finalized in August 2019, was the first sustainability plan created in California and is poised to be the first used to comprehensively determine groundwater rights. The County received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in 2020 (NACo Category: Community & Economic Development).

In Progress

  • Updating the Landscape Ordinance to require a 40% reduction from 2014 allocated water use levels for landscaping
  • Updating County’s Water Efficient Landscape Design Manual
  • Amending the County Construction Code to increase water efficiency in new residential development