ROSAMOND — Members of the Rosamond Community Service District Board of Directors would like to see water restrictions applied to individual areas based on their conservation history, rather than seeing blanket mandates applied nationwide. ‘State.
RCSD customers have already significantly reduced their water use during the previous drought, achieving the 20% reduction in overall water use by the 2020 deadline and meeting other drought-related restriction targets beyond that, said director Greg Wood, speaking as a member of the Water Conservation Committee.
“Once again Rosamond rose to the challenge and rose to the challenge,” he said. “Now we are talking about another mandate to reduce even more.”
The district is looking at other ways to conserve water, especially ways to tighten commercial use.
“Our clients in this community have gone way beyond what probably 80% of the state has done,” he said.
Because of its track record of past reductions, the district would like to see new restrictions reflect that and “not paint with a wide brush,” he said.
The state could use an audit system to review how Rosamond and other communities have succeeded in reducing overall water use in the past and base new restrictions on that data, so those who have already reached or exceeded previous objectives are not penalized.
Instead, stricter restrictions should be imposed on communities that have not met the previous targets.
“These are the ones the state has to rely on,” Wood said.
This is not to say that the Committee disagrees that water conservation measures are warranted during the ongoing drought.
“Forcing water conservation is the right thing to do because we are in a crisis in the state,” Wood said. “We have a severe water shortage, but communities like Rosamond can’t be the ones who always make all the sacrifices while others keep their lawns green and keep their parks and golf courses lush and green.”
The Committee is looking for ways to implement such individualized water conservation.
“This community has done its part,” he said.