SoCal Edison, City of Bakersfield save 1.5 billion gallons of water with pact

Ran less water from Lake Isabella downstream

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The City of Bakersfield and Southern California Edison announced their pact made in Spring of 2014 saved 1.5 billion gallons of water, officials with SCE said.

The deal was made after city officials realized the drought was not getting any better. It sent less water downstream from Lake Isabella through a SCE hydro plant which cut their electricity output.

The city therefore paid to make up for the loss of electricity, which comes to about $366,000. For that money, they saved 4,618 acre-feet, SCE spokesman Cal Rossi said.

One acre-foot is enough to fill a football field a foot deep of water. This amount of water also translates to enough to provide for 4,600 families for a year, Rossi said.

For Bakersfield residents, like Art Sherwyn, water conservation is crucial. "I turn off the shower to soap up," Sherwyn said.

With pacts like this one, he is hopeful for the future, "and all those people wasting water, over watering their lawns and stuff like that if they get on board too, maybe we got something going here."

We reached out to the City of Bakersfield to find out how they are paying for the water conservation but they have not gotten back to us.

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