The CaDC provides an integrated suite of open source analytics to support water managers in meeting their reliability objectives. The data team powering the CaDC works continuously to improve and ensure those tools effectively support water managers.
The FY 18-19 CaDC common scope of work focuses on five key areas:
- routinizing water savings analysis
- deploying data visualization tools
- categorizing CII water use for benchmarking analysis
- streamlining state reporting and
- analyzing statewide outdoor water use.
Overall these tools are developed as part of an integrated vision for the future of water management. The purpose of these analytics fall into a few key categories, which are summarized below and then examined in greater detail:
Navigating statewide efficiency policy -- by having data integrated across utilities, CaDC analytics can be used to inform and understand the implications of prospective statewide policy using actual data that reflects the diversity of local circumstances and conditions.
Evaluating program effectiveness -- conservation and water efficiency programs have historically been a “feel good” action. By providing the foundation to rigorously evaluate demand management programs, data supports water managers in achieving reliability through an approach that balances new supply development and demand management.
Supporting service reliability -- increased water scarcity translates into lower water sales and often decreased revenue. The CaDC has developed a new rate modeling tool to illustrate at a high level the impact of prospective rate shifts on customer bills and district revenue.