2016 is over, and not a moment too soon.  And with the end of the year and beginning of a new one comes many retrospectives, including this overview of the city’s water use in the past year.

The bad news?  Water use as pretty consistently gone up compared to 2015 almost every month.  People of Los Angeles, we could be doing better.   A lot better.

Well, some people could be doing better.  The fact of the matter is, some neighborhoods use more water than others, and while it might seem a bit reductionist, generally speaking, those who can afford higher water bills are those who run up water bills, and aren’t doing their part to cut back.

While 2016 numbers haven’t been finalized yet, we know that East Los Angeles (not an area known for its wealth) cut its water usage by over 15%.  They only used 41.3 gallons per person in October of 2016.  Water’s not going to run straight out in Compton, where your average resident used only 56 gallons of water per day in October of 2016. 

By comparison, Beverly Hills residents used roughly twice that at 119.4 gallons per person per day.  Burbank’s not as famous for its wealth, but it’s not exactly a poor neighborhood either, and its water use clocked in at 100 gallons per person per day.  The hoity-toity beach town of Santa Monica did a bit better, averaging 74.26 gallons per person per day but their water usage should be down, with the ocean right there.

There are more Southern California water districts to report than what we could list here, but you can take a look at your own neighborhood on the Southern California Public Radio website.

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