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State Directive Triggers Stage 4 Water Emergency in Outingdale
Contact: Jesse Saich, (530) 642-4127, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — On April 23, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) notified EID that the existing water supply in the San Joaquin River watershed is insufficient to meet the needs of all water rights holders. As a result, the State Board has once again directed EID to immediately curtail its junior (post-1914) water diversions.
The State Board’s directive has triggered a Stage 4 Water Emergency in the district’s Outingdale service area. EID diverts water from the Middle Fork Cosumnes River to deliver to the small community of Outingdale, approximately 15 miles southeast of Placerville.
This year, the state’s curtailment does not provide any exception for public health and safety. EID will begin trucking water from its main distribution system to tanks that supply its Outingdale service area on Wednesday, April 29. Trucking will continue until the curtailment order is lifted, which is not expected until the rainy season begins.
Customers subject to a Stage 4 Water Emergency are required to limit water usage during each bimonthly billing cycle to 401 cubic feet (approximately 3,000 gallons) of water per person. This works out to 50 gallons per person per day, which is the California Department of Water Resources’ standard for meeting minimum health and safety requirements.
Outingdale residents are asked to immediately curtail all outside watering. The use of automatic sprinklers to irrigate existing turf, ornamental plants, gardens, or landscaped areas is prohibited.
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.