Water Supply Update - Water Use Reductions Required
CHWD Asks Customers to Reduce Water Use by 20%
On January 14, 2014, the CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 Water Warning in effect. CHWD is taking the same action as other local water agencies and asking 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 is at the lowest levels since the 1976-77 drought. As of January 1, 2014, Folsom Lake was at 19% capacity. If the level continues dropping before more rain comes, it is possible that the lake could reach "dead pool" levels. At dead pool level, the water is below the level where it can be pumped from the lake and any small amount of water left in the lake would be inaccessible. 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 at this time of the year. 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 dropping and no rain in sight, it is imperative that customers are diligent in their water use reduction efforts.
Fortunately, CHWD customers have a history of being good stewards of water. Even with 2013 being the driest year on record, our customers used only 1.3% more water than the 5-year average between 2008 and 2012. CHWD thanks customers for their efforts to use less water, and is asking for continued support to meet this 20% reduction. Conserving water now can help make more water available for later, which will be expecially important if dry conditions persist.
For most customers, the most effective way to meet this reduction is to greatly reduce or discontinue outdoor watering at this time. For additional suggestions on ways to reduce your water use, see our Water Conservation page or click on the links shown below.