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Sep 23

Reservoirs in Good Shape as We Head Into Fall

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM by Ann Vallee

On this first day of fall we are pleased to report that reservoir storage continues to stay above average thanks to customer conservation efforts. Current rainfall since July 1 is 0.81 inches, above the average of 0.53 inches. While the rain hasn't contributed significantly to reservoir storage, it does reduce outdoor irrigation needs, so it is especially welcome in a dry year like this one.

Visit our Water Watch page for daily water use updates and our Drought Information page for drought news.

Here are the latest water statistics:

Reservoir Levels: As of September 22, reservoir storage is 57,773 acre-feet,* or 72.6% of capacity. The average for this date is 55,473 acre-feet, or 69.7% of capacity.   

Rainfall: Rainfall this year to date (July 1 - September 22, 2015) is 0.81 inches. Average for the same period is 0.53 inches; last year on this date we had 0.25 inches.

Water Use: Water use for the week ending September 22 averaged 23.10 million gallons per day, down from 24.82 million gallons per day for the same week last year.

Creek Releases: During the month of August 2015 MMWD released 284 million gallons, or 870 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin for habitat enhancement.   

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons

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