El Dorado Hills Household water-use reports Shock Homeowners
A new home water report went out Wednesday to 20,000 residents in El Dorado Hills hoping to catch the attention of homeowners.
The pilot project is accomplishing that.
"(It) freaked me out," Joy Deimler said. "I was just like, wow -- what am I doing wrong? Or do we have a leak?"
Deimler said she spoke with neighbors who were concerned about high usage numbers in the reports.
Each home is given a water score that compares its two-month usage to an average neighbor and to very water-efficient homes.
One resident who works for a federal water agency said he was shocked to see the gallons-per-day report for his house.
"I was really amazed at the numbers that came out," Mike Bristow said. "Very much on the high side."
Officials with the El Dorado Irrigation District said they were employing the same report format used by the cities of Sacramento, Roseville and Davis to raise awareness and encourage conservation.
EID said its goal is to encourage every user to reduce water consumption by 30 percent.