California State Water Project not allocating water to these agencies for December


Even though the Bay Area is the state leader in water conservation, that may not be enough.

The State Water Project has told more than two dozen water agencies, serving 27 million Californians, that they will not be allocated any water for December. While this zero allocation is extraordinary and rare, it occurs at a time when residential and agricultural water use is low.

Bay Area water agencies that will not receive any state water include South Bay’s Valley Water, Alameda County Water District, and the area water agency 7. In total, they serve 2.6 million Bay Area customers.

Professor and engineer Jay Lund is a renowned watershed expert at UC Davis who said: “Most agencies, especially urban agencies, will have back-up plans. They will have water stored in groundwater and other reservoirs. they could buy from farmers who have other sources of water.

But some agencies do establish mandates.

In Marin County homes and businesses, customers face fines for using sprinklers or drip systems through May. Violators will pay a fine of $ 25 for the first violation, $ 250 for each additional violation.

South Bay’s Valley Water has told its distributors they need to get their customers to reduce their water use by 15% of their 2019 monthly consumption, and the privately-held San Jose Water Company has issued the same warrant. Any additional use costs an additional $ 7.13 for each 748 gallons used, which can add up quickly.

So far, the Alameda County Water District, Contra Costa Water, East Bay MUD, Mid-Peninsula and PUC San Francisco are requesting voluntary conservation at this time. But, they can and will impose warrants if necessary, especially for outdoor use, as the Alameda County Water District envisions.

“Our board will be considering next week an emergency water shortage ordinance that would provide additional restrictions on water use, all designed to provide additional conservation,” the Minister said. Alameda County Water District General Manager Ed Stevenson.

But Lund said California is at the start of the rainy season.

“This December allocation is usually the lowest allocation they make and it usually increases later in the year, sometimes substantially,” Lund said.


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