2014 Water in Review

As 2014 has officially come to a close, I thought I'd share how we did for water savings.  Along with the water savings, I also wanted to show the weather differences in 2013 and 2014.

Total ET
2013
2014
% Change
March
3.13
4.06
29.71
April
4.96
3.27
-34.07
May
5.82
6.24
7.22
June
6.19
6.77
9.37
July
6.90
6.86
-0.58
August
5.87
6.02
2.56
September
4.28
4.42
3.27
October
3.15
3.33
5.71
November
2.02
1.92
-4.95
December
1.72
1.06
-38.37
Cumulative
44.04
43.95
-0.02

While the cumulative change in weather shows just slightly less evapotranspiration (ET) in 2014, the year certainly had its challenges.   The hardest months of any year, August - October, were actually significantly more demanding this year compared to 2013 as seen in the table above and in more detail below.  

Temperture
August
September
October
 
2013
2014
2013
2014
2013
2014
Days >80
31
31
13
22
7
15
Days >90
4
8
3
5
0
6
Ave. High
84.5
87.6
80.3
84.4
74.2
80.3
Ave. ET
0.19
0.19
0.14
0.15
0.1
0.11

I am very glad to say that since the Governor's call for a 20% reduction on February 28th of 2014, we have saved a cumulative total of 24.7% water.  It was an extremely difficult challenge and there were certainly hard lessons learned, but lessons that will serve us well going forward.  

Total ET
2013
2014
% Change in ET
% Water Saved
March
3.13
4.06
29.71
-34.8
April
4.96
3.27
-34.07
-40.0
May
5.82
6.24
7.22
-21.1
June
6.19
6.77
9.37
-20.0
July
6.90
6.86
-0.58
-20.0
August
5.87
6.02
2.56
-21.3
September
4.28
4.42
3.27
-22.4
October
3.15
3.33
5.71
-21.2
November
2.02
1.92
-4.95
-28.6
December
1.72
1.06
-38.37
-100
Cumulative
44.04
43.95
-0.02
-24.7

The early rains have helped immensely with the recovery of lost turf, but by no means are we out of a drought situation.  We will continue with our Commitment to Community with our wise use of water as it is our most precious commodity.  
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