Valley tops state in water conservation in February

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Fish habitat structures began appearing above water in 2014 at Lake Casitas as water levels continued to decline. However, water officials got some good news recently thanks to local conservation efforts. 
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The February conservation efforts by customers of the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) were better than good, according to Water Conservation Manager Ron Merckling — they were great. “We showed a 73 percent reduction in water sales from those for February 2013,” he said April 11. “No other district in the state did as well.”
Merckling said the reduction was the result, in part, from CMWD's inclusion of agricultural users as a component of its overall picture of water use. “So the rains definitely helped bring down the water consumption.”

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