State water managers are contemplating mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for water conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.
East Bay Water District Taps Emergency Pipe, Filling San Pablo, Upper San Leandro Reservoirs With Sacramento River Water
The mighty Mokelumne River is not so mighty after three years of the worst drought in California history, so for the first time ever, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) serving Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and Walnut Creek among other cities, will tap its emergency pipeline from the Sacramento River to maintain levels in reservoirs as the summer approaches.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District’s board of directors voted Tuesday to ask their customers to continue voluntarily cutting their water use by 10 percent because the dry winter has reduced the amount of water in the agency’s reservoirs.
Even if the Bay Area got all the rain predicted for the week, it still wouldn’t alleviate the record drought the region has been facing.
While there’s rain on the way in the Bay Area’s forecast this week, the historic California drought has the state’s reservoirs at alarmingly low levels.
Storms reverse reservoir draining trend, with Lake Shasta rising a foot, Folsom Lake rising 14 feet, but how far do they have to go to return to normal?
Despite clouds, rain, slick roads, and snow down to lake level in Tahoe, the precipitation on Tuesday and Wednesday had little or no effect on reservoirs, with Folsom Lake reporting higher water levels before the storms than after.
As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said.
State water officials are warning that low water levels in reservoirs across the state should be a warning that conservation measures might be necessary to get through next year.
Officials are working to repair as quickly as possible a water main that broke and flooded a Daly City neighborhood Tuesday.