Bakman Water Company strives to reduce waste by actively updating infrastructure, promptly repairing system leaks, keeping all facilities and equipment in best working condition, identifying water wasting when observed and by promoting programs that have an eye on the future of water.
DROUGHT & CONSERVATION RESOURCES
Water is a precious and limited resource, especially in drought-prone California. As a result, water conservation and the efficient use of California’s water supply are major priorities for the State.
By making conservation a way of life in California, we save water, minimize water waste, rebuild our underground aquifers, prepare for the uncertainties of climate change, and minimize the harmful effects of drought.
We encourage all Californians to embrace wise water use as a daily habit, whether we are experiencing a year of heavy or meager rain. Start by visiting some of the resources listed below for tips, tools, and incentives:
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
On September 16, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a three-bill legislative package collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For the first time in its history, California has a framework for sustainable, groundwater management - “management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”
SGMA requires governments and water agencies of high and medium priority basins to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Under SGMA, these basins should reach sustainability within 20 years of implementing their sustainability plans. For critically over-drafted basins, that will be 2040. For the remaining high and medium priority basins, 2042 is the deadline.
In his signing statement, the governor emphasized that “groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.” Through the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program, DWR provides ongoing support to local agencies through guidance and financial and technical assistance. Bakman Water Company is an active member of the North Kings GSA.