April Water Supply Update - Water Use Reductions Remain in Force
CHWD Welcomes Recent Rains, Asks Customers to Continue Their Excellent Water Conservation Efforts
On January 14, 2014, the CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 Water Warning in effect. CHWD customers responded to this declaration in a big way, reducing water use in the month of February 2014 by 27% compared to the most recent five-year historical average. While recent rainfall has helped to bring much-needed moisture to parched lawns and landscape, the District's water supply for the summer and fall ahead is still expected 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. The lake level has risen recently since dropping to historically low levels in early January 2014. However, as of April 1 the amount of water in the lake was still less than one-half of its full capacity. Snow levels in the Sierras also remain well below normal. 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 increased production from all five of its groundwater wells to help conserve water supplies in Folsom Lake. Altogether the wells can produce 9.1 million gallons of water per day, enough to meet the typical daily water demand from CHWD customers in the winter months when customers are not doing any outdoor watering. However, these groundwater wells do not produce enough water to meet typical water demand during spring, summer and fall months when most customers are doing outdoor watering. With Folsom Lake levels low and below-average snow levels in the Sierras, 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. The 27% reduction during the month of February is evidence of that. CHWD thanks its customers for this outstanding conservation effort and asks everyone to keep up the good work! Continuing to conserve water now can help extend our water supplies for the year ahead.
For most customers, the most effective way to meet the 20% reduction is to reduce or discontinue outdoor watering at this time. As long as our area continues to receive periodic rainfall and mild weather conditions prevail, there should be little or no need to do any supplemental outdoor watering. For additional suggestions on ways to reduce your water use, see our Water Conservation page or click on the links shown below.