On February 26, the San Juan Water District Board of Directors voted to adopt a stage 3 water warning, mandating that all customers to reduce their water use by 25 percent. This warning is in response to current drought conditions and the dry forecast for 2014. The board also voted to explore drought rate restructuring, beginning a formal Proposition 218 rate increase process.
Please stay tuned for information and scheduling regarding a rate restructuring hearing.
We rely solely on water stored in Folsom Lake, which is currently at unprecedented low levels. 2013 was the driest year on record in more than a century. The first snow survey of 2014 showed the Sierra snowpack at just 19 percent of normal. While we still may experience some wet weather later in the season, it’s difficult to erase the effects of multiple back-to-back dry winters. This means we will all have to use our supplies wisely.
Looking for ways to improve water efficiency in your landscape?
Visit the Water Efficient Landscape (WEL) Garden behind our office for inspiration to create a landscape that looks beautiful every season. The garden demonstrates efficient irrigation and ways to use non-water using material to create a beautiful landscape. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We’re spreading the word about water efficiency. You can join these efforts, too! Water is one of our most valuable resources. While it may seem abundant, it’s not. All the water we have today is all the water we’ll ever have. With a growing population and changing climate patterns, it’s important for everyone to use our supplies wisely. Doing so will help ensure water is available during drought years and for generations to come. Together, we can make a difference.
Check out Save Our Water to see what’s happing in California. If you’re with an organization or business, become a partner and share tips with your members/employees, colleagues and audiences. Save Our Water makes it easy to get involved.