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Nov 10

What’s up with Conservation?

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 2:08 PM by Ann Vallee

by Dan Carney, Water Conservation Manager

October storms delivered three times the average rainfall for this time of year, leading many people to wonder if the five-year drought is finally over, and if the state will lift water restrictions. Since January 2014, the Governor has issued eight Executive Orders related to the ongoing statewide drought. The latest order will expire at the end of January 2017, and the State Water Resources Control Board is in the process of developing a new proposal for mandatory reductions in urban water use that will presumably take effect in February. Until then, MMWD customers are asked to continue their voluntary conservation efforts.  

Fortunately, because MMWD customers have done an exceptional job of conserving, water storage in our seven reservoirs is nearly 18% above average for this date (November 10) —even though annual rainfall has been below average since 2011! 

Conserving water is one of the least expensive, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible actions you can take to support a healthy Marin-friendly lifestyle. Every time you adjust your landscape sprinklers, replace a leaky faucet or upgrade to efficient appliances it saves water, energy and money. Please check out the many conservation programs and services available to you by visiting, or call us at 415-945-1520. Thank you for helping protect our most valuable natural resource!


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