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.The
The board also approved the purchase of 16,000 acre-feet of water,
which is about a month's supply, to help meet the needs of its 1.3 million
customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Water agency officials said its customers have already heeded
their call to cut their water use voluntarily the past two months.
The water from the Sacramento River will flow into two East Bay
reservoirs: the Upper San Leandro Reservoir in Oakland and the San Pablo
Reservoir, which is located between Orinda and El Sobrante.
EBMUD staff members said Tuesday that their worst-case water supply
forecast is that the agency's reservoirs could be less than half full by this
But board president Andy Katz said in a statement, "A severe
drought does not mean severe cutbacks" because of customers' ongoing
conservation measures and prudent water management by the agency.
EBMUD officials said if precipitation levels are low again next
winter they could increase the amount of voluntary customer cutbacks beyond
10 percent, enact mandatory rationing or buy more Sacramento River water.
-- Bay City News