I am pleased to present the 2013 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) where you can learn about the sources and quality of water we deliver to you, our customer. Perhaps one of the most important topics we discuss in this year’s report is water conservation. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency because of California’s record dry conditions, calling on all of us to cut back our water use by at least 20 percent. The drought—which officials say could be one of the worst in the state’s history—is a critical issue Californians face, and we all must do our part to become more efficient in our water use.
The City of Santa Ana adopted a strategic plan earlier this year, which—among other important initiatives— focuses on completing the City’s Climate Action Plan with measures to address water conservation, energy efficient buildings (city and community) and greenhouse gas emissions. Creating awareness for and educating the community about water conservation is an important component of the plan.
You will find in this report simple water—saving tips that will also help you save money. With just a few small changes, we can all do our part to conserve, build a sustainable future together, and protect our most precious resource.
You will also learn about the California State Water Project, a backbone of California’s water system, and what’s at stake if upgrades to its water delivery infrastructure are not made. These upgrades, along with measures to protect the Delta ecosystem, are part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), which is being reviewed for adoption. Supporting the BDCP is essential to preserving a reliable water supply and our future sustainability.
What’s more, did you know your tap water ranked the best tasting and highest quality in the nation? The City was thrilled to earn this prestigious distinction, receiving the top award among all other municipal water districts in the nation. I believe it is testimony to the stringent standards we set for our tap water, which exceed the drinking water health standards required by both the State of California Department of Public Health and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. These requirements and how our water tested throughout the year are detailed in the charts of this report.
I hope you enjoy reading this year’s report and will use it as a valuable resource. Please share this information with anyone who drinks Santa Ana water, especially those who may not have received this report. Starting today, particularly as we approach the summer months, my wish is that the word “conservation” comes first to your mind every time you turn on the faucet!
Interim Executive Director
Department of Public Works Agency
City of Santa Ana