I wrote and produced a spot story for broadcast. I also wrote the web story, created the tables and produced the map.
Story: Sacramento received 3,100 water waste complaints in the month of April — the most out of nearly 400 agencies in the state.
Even when taking into account population, Sacramento still ranks high for water complaints in April, according to the Department of Water Resources.
“I think the Sacramento community is more aware of what’s happening. We’ve done a great job of educating the public,” says Rhea Serran, a spokeswoman with the Utilities Department.
She says that focus on education has resulted in a more vigilant public.
“They have been very helpful to let us know what’s happening in their communities and, but we also want to embrace that it’s not just about them letting us know that their neighbor is watering, but they’re educating themselves on ways that they can save water in and out of their home,” she says.