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. CHWD customers have responded by reducing overall water consumption by 12.8% compared to the most recent five-year historical average. 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.