PCWA Plans for Reduction in Water Supplies
AUBURN -- Facing a projected loss of water supply availability this year, the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors is finalizing plans for water use reductions to be taken by all of its customers for the duration of the water shortage emergency.
The Board on Thursday (Mar. 20) heard several staff reports on the water shortage including a wide array of water use reduction alternatives. The Board is scheduled to make a final decision on customer water reductions after the results of an April 1 snow survey is known. (This survey is considered to be the best indicator of water supply available for 2014.)
Drought project manager Tony Firenzi said, "PCWA now anticipates 103,000 acre-feet of water availability this year, including use of pumped water from the American River and groundwater from two wells within the Sunset Industrial area. This is 25,000 acre-feet, or 20 percent less water this year, than the baseline supply of 128,000 acre-feet."
"The rain and snowstorms of February and early March have eased what appeared to be a critically dry year, but the mountain snowpack is thin and expected to produce well below average runoff," said Firenzi.
Under current staff recommendations, treated water customers would be asked to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent and to limit outdoor watering to three days a week or less.
Raw water supplied to canal customers is recommended to be reduced by 25 percent. This would be accomplished by placing reduced-size orifices at each canal service and rolling outages on would occur as needed. In recognition of the reduction in raw water supplies, it is recommended that canal customers' bi-monthly bills be reduced by 25 percent.
A process is recommended whereby water customers could request consideration of a waiver to the reductions provided they meet certain criteria.
Directors indicated they would reconsider an earlier measure that limited new treated water connections and new outdoor usage during the emergency.
These and other water reduction-related actions are scheduled for adoption by the Board on Apr. 3 to become part of PCWA's drought emergency declaration.
In other business, directors:
- heard a report from Director of Technical Services Brent Smith, who reported on potential water projects that could ease water shortages in future dry years. Among these are expansion of the agency's American River Pump Station, an emergency intertie with the San Juan Water District, and use of wells and recycled water in areas where it is available.
- approved a cost-sharing agreement with seven regional partners to continue PCWA's efforts to protect local water supplies in face of increasing downstream demand and requirements of the Bay Delta planning process. Director of Strategic Affairs Einar Maisch said the cost-sharing plan could reduce PCWA's ongoing costs in the effort.
- heard a presentation from representatives of West Yost Associates, an engineering firm that assisted in development of the Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project, a $230 million river diversion and regional water treatment project that goes into construction this spring. PCWA officials said the project is similar in many ways to the agency's Sacramento River diversion project which has been under study in recent years.
The next regular meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held at 2 p.m. on Apr. 3 at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.
Information on PCWA board meetings may be obtained through the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030. The PCWA website, www.pcwa.net features a Drought Update link with many water saving tips and techniques.
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesRob McAllister Joins Halldin Public RelationsROCKLIN - Longtime Sacramento news reporter Rob McAllister, who became well known for his reporting at both KFBK 1530 radio and KOVR CBS 13 television in Sacramento
Roseville Burglars Evade PoliceRoseville, CA - Police officers searched the Crescendo Drive area extensively today after a resident reported an attempted burglary
Newcastle Resident Elected Region Governor of SoroptomistJacqueline "Jackie" DeMartini, of Newcastle, California is serving a two-year term as Sierra Nevada Region Governor of Soroptimist, an international volunteer organization for women.
10 Year Old Girl Abducted in CarmichaelAt approximately 3:00AM, an unknown white male adult entered a residence through an unlocked door and removed a child under the age of ten years old from the residence against her will.
Writing Your Life Story Workshop September 13thBud Gardner, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, part of the New York Times best-selling series, will conduct a workshop, How to Write Your Life Story, on Saturday, Sept. 13th
Jessup Gala to Celebrate 75th Anniversary on September 20thROCKLIN, Calif., - William Jessup University will host the Jessup Gala on Saturday, September 20 from 6-9 p.m. The dinner and program festivities raise funds for student scholarships.
Brandman University Adding Roseville LocationRoseville,CA -- Brandman University will be locating at 400 Sunrise Blvd. The 9,182 square foot tenant improvement is valued at over $300,000.
Roseville California Crime Brief (8.31.14)Roseville, CA - Roseville California crime brief update report for August 31, 2014.
Acura ILX: Luxury Vehicle, Reasonable PriceFor car shoppers looking for an upscale luxury sedan that doesn't arrive with a luxurious price tag, Acura debuted the ILX a year ago and its back for 2014 virtually unchanged
People with Autism Especially VulnerablePerhaps like you, recently I read of an incident in Okeechobee, Florida, in which an 18-year-old man was recorded on video beating, choking, kicking, and holding a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old boy with autism.
54 Year Old Roseville Woman Killed with Own VehicleRoseville- 54-year-old Bernadette Ann Richardson was killed when her SUV rolled backwards as she was retrieving a bicycle from her 1997 Ford Explorer.
Photos: Napa Earthquake DamageWe recently had the opportunity to tour Napa following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake. The downtown area of Napa which contains many older buildings was hit especially hard.