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Supply Worries EBMUD Despite March Rains

Do you think the district needs to take action to protect its water supplies?

Despite above average rainfall in March, East Bay Municipal Utility District officials are casting a wary eye at their reservoirs and snowpack.

In a report issued to the EBMUD board on Tuesday, district officials said they may need to make a decision in late April whether to take action to protect the district's water supplies.

We've attached a poll to this story, asking for your opinion on what action the district should take.

District officials reported their reservoirs are at 73 percent of capacity, a status they denoted as "fair."

The rainfall in its East Bay watershed is 15.7 inches so far this season, about 65 percent of normal. In the Mokelumne basin, it's 22 inches, 55 percent of average.

The snowpack in the Mokelumne watershed is 36 percent of normal. Statewide, the snowpack is 46 percent of average.

In their report, district officials note EBMUD is fortunate that 2011 was a wet year. They say 2012 has been usually dry. Another dry winter could spell trouble because the district's reservoirs only hold enough water to meet customers needs for two years.

EBMUD serves 1.3 million customers in a 331-square-mile area that includes Walnut Creek, western Contra Costa County, Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Castro Valley, the San Ramon Valley and Lamorinda.

John Fraser March 30, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I am sick and tired of EBMUD, they raise rates when there is not enough water and we are told to conserve, when we conserve the complain about reduced revenues and raise rates again. When are they ever going to reduce the "temporary: rate hikes
thedubc March 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The entire snowpack, water levels are a farce... how can you have a banner water year after year and then say to the public.. "oh.. we are a little worried" which is a preempt to say we are going to raise your rates...again.

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