Take a look at the photos above. On the left we see Folsom Lake as it should be. On the right, that’s what it’s looked like in recent months. It is getting better, though.
From the City of Folsom:
The good news is that inflow into Folsom Reservoir is now exceeding outflow. However, even with February rains, the reservoir is still significantly below capacity, and Sierra snowpack is far below normal as the statewide drought continues.
Marcus Yasutake, Folsom’s Environmental and Water Resources Director, provided a water supply update at the March 11th City Council meeting.
Yasutake noted that:
Folsom Reservoir is currently at 380,950 acre feet (approximately 38 percent capacity), compared to 199,639 acre feet in December 2013 when Folsom implemented the Stage 3 Water Warning (note that as of today, the lake stands at 398,797 acre feet, approximately 41% of capacity).
Folsom CA: February rain, snow and resulting runoff has brought Folsom lake to 40% of capacity, still far below average for this time of year, but enough that the 5 miler per hour boat speed limit has been lifted.
With no rain in sight, however, community water restrictions are still in effect.
Check with your water district to be clear.
Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of City water for construction purposes without approval.
City officials are slashing water usage for Landscape and Lighting districts, local parks and City property, and will continue to monitor and correct any overflow problems on public property.
Current Water Restrictions for Folsom