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Jun 29

Water Use Down; Reservoir Levels Stable

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 1:48 PM by Ann Vallee

Thanks to customer conservation efforts, water use for the month of June to date has been well below 2014 levels. For the week ending June 28, 2015, for example, water use was 23.59 million gallons compared to 28.72 for the same week in 2014.

Water use reduction requests from the state are in effect for June 2015 through February 2016, but they actually compare water use to 2013 instead of 2014. We will report our official numbers to the state in mid-July for the month of June 2015 and we will also share that figure with customers. So far it looks like we are on track to meet our reduction target of 20%.

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

Here are the latest water statistics:

Reservoir Levels: As of June 28, reservoir storage is 67,412 acre-feet,* or 85% of capacity. The average for this date is 66,485 acre-feet, or 84% of capacity.    

Rainfall: Rainfall this year to date (July 1, 2014 - June 28, 2015) is 39.82 inches. Average for the same period is 52.64 inches; last year on this date we had 33.40 inches.

Water Use: Water use for the week ending June 28 averaged 23.59 million gallons per day, down from 28.72 million gallons per day for the same week last year.

Creek Releases: During the month of May 2015 MMWD released 365 million gallons, or 1,121 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin for habitat enhancement.  

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons

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