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.

November Water Supply Update – Water Use Reductions Remain in Force

Cooler temperatures and recent rainfall mean outside landscape irrigation should not be needed at this time.  This means customers will need to concentrate on reducing inside water use to meet the needed 20% conservation.  Shorter showers, running full loads of dishes and clothes, and turning off the faucet when brushing teeth and shaving are great ways to reduce inside water use.

On January 14, 2014, the CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 Water Warning in effect.  For the first eleven months of 2014 , our customers have responded by reducing overall water consumption by 20.8% compared to the same time period in 2013.  The District’s water supply for the fall and winter months ahead is forecast to 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.  As of December 3, 2014, storage in Folsom Lake was at 289,742 acre-feet, which is 30% of the it’s total capacity.   The historical average for this date is about 62% of total capacity.  It is interesting to note that the storage pattern of Folsom Lake closely resembles that of this time last year.  It is likely the District will need to remain in a Stage 3 – Water Warning with 20% conservation target into the winter 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 additional suggestions on ways to reduce your water use, see our Water Conservation page or click on the links shown below.