State Water Resources Control Board Mandatory Conservation Regulations Now in Effect
The State’s first-ever emergency regulations mandating urban water conservation became effective July 29, 2014 following final approval by the Office of Administrative Law on July 28, 2014.
The CHWD Stage 3 Water Warning, which was declared effective on January 14, 2014, complies with the requirements of the State’s mandatory conservation regulations which means that CHWD will not be implementing any new conservation requirements at this time. For more information on the State’s mandatory conservation regulations click here.
July Water Supply Update – Water Use Reductions Remain in Force
Warm Weather is Here, Keep Outdoor Watering in Check
On January 14, 2014, the CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 Water Warning in effect. For the first six months of 2014 , our customers have responded by reducing overall water consumption by 20.6% compared to the same time period in 2013. The District’s water supply for the summer and fall ahead will be well below average. CHWD continues to ask its customers to reduce water use by 20%. For a list of requirements under the Stage 3 Water Warning, click here.
Folsom Lake is the main source of water supply for our District and many other local water agencies. The lake level has risen recently since dropping to historically low levels in early January 2014. However, as of July 6, the amount of water in the lake was only about 47% of its full capacity at a time when it would normally be at 58% of total capacity. The water content of snow in the Sierras also remains far below normal, only 18% of average as of May 1. Since water runoff from melting snow provides much of Folsom Lake’s water in the summer and fall, lower snow levels means less water available in the months ahead. For more about conditions at Folsom Lake and related water supply issues, click here.
CHWD has five groundwater wells available to supplement its surface water supply from Folsom Lake. However, these groundwater wells do not produce enough water to meet water demand during spring, summer and fall months when most customers are doing outdoor watering. It is imperative that customers continue to be diligent in their water use reduction efforts. Fortunately, CHWD customers have a history of being good stewards of water. CHWD thanks its customers for their strong conservation efforts and asks everyone to keep up the good work!
For most customers, the most effective way to meet the 20% reduction is to reduce outdoor watering. Limiting watering to two times per week and/or reducing the amount of watering time for each station on your automatic sprinkler system are ways you can use to achieve your 20% reduction. For additional suggestions on ways to reduce your water use, see our Water Conservation page or click on the links shown below.