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  1. Over the past 10 years, average consumption has not decreased or has gone up. SAWS also hasn’t met previous WMP consumption goals, but that’s okay because SAWS keeps lowering expectations while claiming great success in conservation. Conservation is not just individual users, btw, it’s also SAWS locating and preventing leaks.

    According to SAWS Water Management Plan data, in 2007 GPCD was 115 gallons per capita, per day. In 2016 it was 117. That’s an increase in per capita water use in the previous 10 years.

    SAWS had to reach way way back to 1982 (a dry year with no restrictions) to take credit for significant reductions in consumption compared to a wet year with restrictions.

    The 2009 WMP wet-year GPCD goal for 2016 was 106 GPCD. According to the 2017 WMP, 2016 was also a wet year but GPCD was still too high at 117 GPCD.

    In the 2012 WMP, SAWS moved the goalposts and claimed previous data was inaccurate so it raised the GPCD metrics in order to make them easier to achieve (and thereby earn performance bonuses for the execs, assumedly). This is even after the 2009 plan raised the estimates from the 2005 plan, which were raised again in 2012; and apparently raised again in the 2017 plan. Isn’t this going the wrong way for water planning with a “successful” conservation program?

    WMP GPCD dry year goals:
    2005 – dry – 122 by 2016
    2009 – dry – 126 by 2016
    2012 – dry – 135 by 2016
    2017 – high – 133 +/- 8 to 11 by 2017 (nice to hedge your bets there, SAWS)

    SAWS comparison of 225 GPCD in 1982 (a dry year before any implementation of water restrictions) to 117 in 2016 (a wet year that also included watering restrictions) is a highly suspect metric based on different estimates and data, see the 2012 WMP disclaimers for details.

    So, uh, good job on your new plan SAWS, I guess. As long as you keep raising your estimates for consumption while simultaneously patting yourself on the back for conservation, you’ll surely keep getting Council approval for projects and rate increases.

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