“Sacramento’s drought police were out in force again Thursday, cracking down on residents watering their lawns out of turn.
“Soon, the city plans to focus more on commercial users, city Utilities Director Dave Brent told The Bee’s editorial board. Good – it’s only fair that businesses, office parks and other commercial customers are held accountable as well.”
“Recent rains have provided plenty of moisture to keep grass happy for several weeks, according to state water experts. Yet it hasn’t rained nearly enough to end the drought, meaning every drop saved now will mean there’s more water available later, when the rainy season ends.”
“Conservation efforts in the City of Sacramento saved 200-million gallons of water last month but Sacramentans failed to meet the City’s 20-percent water-conservation target for the month of February.”
“About $120 million in new federal spending is headed for the greater Sacramento region over the next 18 months for water and flood-control projects.
“The funding, announced Tuesday, is part of a “work plan” budget allocation for the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue projects through the current fiscal year, which runs through September.”
“The latest rains have spared a summer of swimming in Placer County – for now.
“A month ago, Placer County Water Agency officials were poised to order strict conservation measures, including a blanket ban on filling new or existing swimming pools. But after several days of storms, water officials are having second thoughts.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog:
“In a viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee, Roseville Chamber of Commerce President Randall Wilson paints a compelling picture of the dynamics surrounding Folsom Reservoir and the need to rethink water management in the future.”
“As a new storm sweeping the state proved to be substantially less than a drought-buster, one of the largest water providers in the suburban Sacramento region ordered customers to reduce their water use by 25 percent.
“San Juan Water District’s board of directors adopted a Stage 3 water warning Wednesday night, putting some teeth into the voluntary conservation measures that have been in place for months.
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District anticipates it will need to divert water this year from the Freeport Regional Water Project on the Sacramento River, which it helped build in partnership with Sacramento County at a cost of nearly $1 billion. The district has not used the diversion since it was completed in 2010, but its board will vote in April whether to activate it.”