On February 26, the San Juan Water District Board of Directors voted to adopt a stage 3 water warning, mandating a 25 percent reduction in water use. This warning is in response to current drought conditions and the dry forecast for 2014. This 25 percent reduction applies to the district as whole, not individual customers. Through regular meter read comparisons of 2014 use to 2013 use and water waste tips from residents, high water users will be issued notices of non-compliance, which may eventually lead to disconnection of service with progressively higher reconnect charges for recurring violations.
On April 23, the Board also voted to adopt a drought water rate structure but, after much deliberation, elected not to implement the proposed Stage 3 drought rate surcharges at this time.
We rely solely on water stored in Folsom Lake, which is currently at record low levels. 2013 was the driest year on record in more than a century. The Sierra snowpack, which we rely on heavily for water supply, is 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.