ORA's goals are to 1) implement equitable increasing block rate structures to encourage conservation 2) ensure that non-rate design conservation programs are cost effective and result in measurable water savings. These goals serve primarily to meet the Legislative mandate to achieve a 20% reduction in water use by 2020.
ORA and California's investor owned utilities are working together to implement conservation rates. These rates create an economic incentive for customers to reduce consumption.
On November 23, 2010 the CPUC initiated a rulemaking to determine what comprehensive policy framework for recycled water relative to investor-owned water and sewer utilities should be adopted.
Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water-related energy use accounts for nearly 20% of the state’s total energy requirements. Similarly, conservation and efficient use of water are essential to meeting the future demand for water in California and the state’s water savings goals.