City Council President Scott Peters has written about his heavy home water use on his council website, in what he calls “A Personal Story of Water Use.” It’s the top item on the site’s main page.

After we highlighted his water use last July, Peters pledged to cut his consumption. It instead increased 6 percent. In total, Peters used more than 1 million gallons of water at his La Jolla residence in 2007.

On his website, Peters wrote:

While I know water conservation is critical for our San Diego region and have long advocated for San Diegans to reduce their water use, I was unaware of just how much water was being consumed at my home. Prompted by a request from the media about my home water usage, I hired an independent water auditor to come to my house to make recommendations on how my family and I might reduce our water consumption:

1. Replace three shower-heads with more water-efficient ones;
2. Replace some of our water pipes;
3. Repair a water leak in the house;
4. Reduce the amount of watering of the drought resistant plants which make up the majority of my yard; and
5. Install weather sensor devices on my property which gauge just when my lawn needs watering.

I am interested to see just how much water I will be saving based on implementing these fairly easy steps.

So are we.


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