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EID Board Approves Changes to Drought Plan, Mandatory Watering Restrictions

Post Date:03/30/2015 3:38 PM

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Contact: Jesse Saich, (530) 642-4127, jsaich@eid.org  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Placerville, Calif. — At its March 23 meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved updates to EID’s Drought Action Plan which included specific watering restrictions that will go into effect immediately.

The district remains in a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning in which the district has asked all customers to voluntarily reduce water usage by 20 percent—down from the previous 30 percent request.

“The change from 30 percent to 20 percent brings EID in line with state recommendations and regional standards,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “Our customers did a good job in 2014 by reducing water demand by over 20 percent. If we can get the same conservation rate for 2015, we should be able to maintain enough water in Jenkinson Lake should the drought continue into 2016.”

Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park is EID’s primary drinking water reservoir.

The updated watering restrictions are as follows:

  • Irrigation systems must be turned off during and for 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Do not use potable water to hose off pavement, sidewalks, or driveways.
  • Once-a-week watering is allowed from November 16 to April 15 on Sundays for customers with addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) and on Saturdays for customers with addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9).
  • Twice-a-week watering is allowed from April 16 to May 31 and October 1 to November 15 on Wednesdays and Sundays for customers with addresses ending in even numbers and Tuesdays and Saturdays for customers with addresses ending in odd numbers.
  • Odd/even (every other day) watering is allowed from June 1 to September 30. Customers with addresses ending in even numbers are allowed to water on even numbered days, and customers with addresses ending in odd numbers are allowed to water on odd numbered days.

Outdoor irrigation continues to be limited to the hours of 7:00 PM – 10:00 AM. Exemptions are allowed for non-residential customers if a detailed conservation plan is submitted to the district that demonstrates a minimum 20 percent water savings over customer’s baseline usage.

Agricultural metered irrigation customers who do not participate in the Irrigation Management Services program must submit a detailed conservation plan to the district that demonstrates minimum 20 percent water savings over baseline use.

For more drought information, customers can visit www.eid.org/drought and share this resource with their friends, family, and neighbors. The page includes links to board materials and presentations, practical water efficiency tips, and other important drought information for customers.

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EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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