Sunday, August 17, 2008

Water Use

The water from the American River is getting short and one water agency, as reported by the Sacramento Bee, has asked its customers to reduce their use.

It is obvious that Sacramento needs more water and the obvious solution for our area is the building of Auburn Dam, which would double our storage capacity, and is supported by groups—including us—like the Auburn Dam Council.

An excerpt from the article.

“The Sacramento County Water Agency is urging all customers to immediately cut water consumption 10 percent, due to a reduction in surface water supplies from the American River.

“If customers don't achieve the 10 percent request, the agency could call for stricter measures, such as limiting landscape watering to designated days.

“The agency normally gets about 10 percent of its supply from the river via Folsom Lake.

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently notified the agency, however, that this supply will be reduced 25 percent due to the drought.

“Because the agency had already consumed much of its allocation due to high customer demand, the result is a total halt in river deliveries.

“It is now relying entirely on groundwater for the remainder of the year, said Herb Niederberger, water agency division chief.

“The agency serves about 60,000 customers between Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove.”