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January 2008
An E-Newsletter from Anaheim Public Utilities
The Water Pipeline is the e-newsletter designed to keep you current on Anaheim's water supply conditions, city efforts to reduce water use internally, water saving programs and incentives, as well as customer success stories.
Please contact the editor with your comments and story ideas at Apublicutilities@anaheim.net.
Dear Readers,
While Anaheim's population has grown 36% over the past 20 years, the City's water use has only increased by 7%.
Although this is an impressive feat, water is a key issue now and will be a growing issue for all of California as we deal with an extended drought and federal court restrictions on water exports from the Bay-Delta. 
In fact, we are also facing the real possibility that Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) may cut back imported water supplies to cities like Anaheim, possibly in July of 2009.
In response, our City Council passed voluntary conservation measures to encourage Anaheim residents and businesses to change their water use habits now. Additionally, Anaheim Public Utilities has adopted a new outreach campaign in coordination with MWD to help get the word out to customers on how they can be smart water users: Don't be a water waster, be water wise.
In this inaugural issue, we invite you to read more on our water supply picture and what you can do to help.
Marcie L. Edwards
Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager
In This Issue
Council approves smarter water use
Last September, the Anaheim City Council approved guidelines asking residents and businesses to reduce water waste and stretch water supplies.

Plumbing repairs, sprinkler system adjustments, reduced landscape watering, runoff and evaporation management are some of the smart practices the City urges its customers to adopt.
"With low rainfall, growing water needs, and imported water cutbacks to the region equal to 7 years worth of water to Anaheim, this plan lays a clear path to permanent water use savings that will preserve quality of life in Anaheim," said Don Calkins, Water Services Assistant General Manager.  To learn more about the plan, go here.
Conserving can save billions
Drought tolerant plant: California PoppyOver the last 15 years, Anaheim has permanently cut annual water use by approximately 7 billlon gallons. That's enough water to support 42,000 homes each year.

However, Anaheim continues to add to its record of success through customer partnerships in saving water.
  • Anaheim Hilton water use retrofit - 18 million gallons per year
  • Red Lion Hotel water use retrofit - 1.2 million gallons per year
  • Artificial turf in city parks & medians - 3.1 million gallons per year
Don't be a water waster, be water wise
Be a smart water user and get paid to help lower your water bill. Take advantage of Anaheim's water efficiency programs. 
To learn more about how you can be water wise, visit our water conservation website.
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APU Friendly Reminder 
 Call 3-1-1 from any Anaheim based landline, (714) 765-4311 from your cell phone or e-mail us to report water waste.
$40,000 Clean Tech Business Plan Competition
The Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET) announced that its Clean Tech Business Plan Competition will take place on April 15, 2009.
To learn more about the competition or the entry guidelines, visit AC-NET.
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