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Update on the Water Situation

Posted on: March 17, 2014

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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).

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Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom, FYI

As Folsom Lake Dries Up, City Orders 20% Cutback

Posted on: December 23, 2013

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Folsom residents and businesses must reduce water use by 20 percent due to a city-wide Water Warning declared today by Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer.

“Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” says Palmer. “This low water level, combined with critically dry weather conditions, necessitates immediate action to conserve water and protect our water supply.”

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.

“During cold winter months, landscapes need very little water, making this an easy time of year to achieve significant water savings,” says Marcus Yasutake, Environmental & Water Resources Director. “Approximately 60 percent of the water used by a typical Folsom family is directed to landscape. We’re encouraging residents to turn off sprinklers to conserve water. An added benefit will be significant savings on water bills.”

Those who choose to water are restricted to two days per week and asked to avoid excessive watering that runs off onto sidewalks, street and gutters.

Residents with street numbers that end in an even number water on Wednesday andSunday. Those with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No irrigation is permitted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“Our goal is to gain compliance through voluntary cooperation,” says Yasutake. “We are taking all reasonable measures to assure that our water customers are aware of these restrictions and believe they will do their part to use water wisely.”

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.

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Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom, FYI