City of Placerville asks residents to reduce water use by 30 percent
At the Feb. 11 meeting, the Placerville City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring a drought state of emergency in the city. With that resolution, all city ratepayers are asked to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 30 percent. The resolution is in response to a Stage 2 Water Warning declared on Feb. 4 by El Dorado Irrigation District, Placerville’s water supplier.
“2013 is the driest calendar year on record in the state,” said EID Director of Engineering Brian Mueller, in his presentation to the City Council. El Dorado County’s three main water storage areas — Jenkinson Lake, Project 184 at Forebay and Folsom Lake — are rapidly losing water due to drought conditions and having to meet Federal Energy Regulation Commission licensing conditions for bypass water flow in order to maintain current water rights.
“We’re on track to be on the same level as the 1976-1977 drought,” said Mary-Lynn Carlton, EID director of community relations.”We’re trying to conserve for next year and we’d like to see customers as a whole, cut back their water consumption, especially the largest users, so that we don’t have to add a surcharge.” ...
Both EID and the city have drought information on their Websites along with suggestions for how to reduce water consumption, both indoors and outdoors, by 30 percent. For more information go to