Georgetown Divide PUD Declares Stage 2 Drought Emergency
The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (District) Board of Directors acknowledged and recognized the unprecedented current drought conditions in California, with 2013 proving to be the driest year on record, and the amount of water available in the District’s only water storage reservoir, Stumpy Meadows, is currently at 75% of capacity entering the dry summer season, with projections showing below normal reservoir inflows and water storage carryover by the end of the year.
As a result, the Board of Directors declared a Stage 2 Drought Emergency for the District and authorized the implementation of voluntary potable water customer use reduction of 30% and mandatory curtailment of irrigation water use of 25%, effective immediately.
In order to achieve the 25% irrigation water reductions (equal to 1,175 acre-feet or 155 Miner’s Inches per day), the Board of Directors approved a delay to the start of the 2014 irrigation season to June 1, 2014, at the latest, and end irrigation season approximately 1 week earlier on September 19, 2014.
In addition, the Board approved a moratorium on adding any new irrigation water accounts during the 2014 irrigation season.
The Board also authorized a voluntary irrigation water allocation reduction program where irrigation customers can agree to take a reduced allocation of irrigation water for the 2014 irrigation season without losing their Priority 1 status and access to their full water allotment for the 2015 irrigation season.
The Board also stated that an extension of the 2014 irrigation season would be considered if a sufficient number of irrigation customers participate in the program, and the cumulative total amount of reduced irrigation water demand is enough to make an extension to the irrigation season possible.
The District is mailing letters to all irrigation customers asking for their participation in this voluntary program with a deadline of April 25, 2014, to contact the District to identify their interest in the program.
To address the need to reduce potable water use by 30%, the Board also authorized the implementation of specific water conservation measures to enable all potable water customers to meet the voluntary water use reduction goal of 30%. Potable water customers are now required to comply with the following water conservation measures:
- Irrigation of ornamental plants, gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs is restricted to Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 7PM and 6AM.
- The planting of new turf grass or replacement is prohibited.
- Eating establishments are prohibited from automatically offering drinking water to customers and only provide water upon request.
- The initial filling of swimming pools or ornamental ponds is prohibited.
- Car washing without use of a hose nozzle is prohibited, and customers are recommended to use commercial car washes that recycle their wash water.
Customers found in violation of these water use restrictions will be subject to financial penalties that will be added to their water bills.
Additionally, the Board of Directors approved a moratorium on new water service applications received after April 8, 2014.
All District customers are encouraged to visit www.saveourh20.org for more information and ideas on how to conserve water.