Imploring Water Conservation: Snowpack Worries Officials
AUBURN -- With a thin mountain snowpack producing even less water than expected, leaders of the Placer County Water Agency are continuing to encourage water conservation by all customers.
In a report Thursday (May 15) to the PCWA Board of Directors, Director of Technical Services Brent Smith said the agency now expects a 41 percent reduction in water deliveries this year from PG&E mountain reservoirs.
In a normal year, he said, PG&E would supply up to 110,400 acre-feet of water. The allocation in this drought year has been reduced to 65,605 acre-feet. PCWA is making up for part of the deficit by pumping a significant amount of additional water from the American River and activating two wells in the Sunset Industrial area to augment supplies.
Smith and other staff members recommended that water conservation measures now in effect be continued. It was noted that through April, PCWA customers had conserved and total usage was below the agency's target. "Our customers' response has been really good," said Director of Strategic Affairs Einar Maisch.
The water agency asks all customers to reduce water use by a minimum of 10%, with a 20 percent overall conservation goal until the drought is over. A comprehensive report on drought conditions is scheduled for the board's June 5 meeting.
In other business, PCWA directors:
-heard an update on PCWA's participation in the 2014 Placer County Agricultural Tour which is scheduled for June 4. The tour will highlight local water systems and include a visit to the PCWA American River Pump Station.
For information and reservations, contact the Placer County Resource Conservation District at (530) 885-3046, ext. 118. The next regular board meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held at 2 p.m. on June 5 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. For drought updates and water conservation information, see www.pcwa.net.
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