It looks like customers are saying water, according to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD).
The following information is from CCWD:
It’s too early to tell how much water customers are saving under the Contra Costa Water District’s Voluntary 15 Percent Drought Program, but we can see customers are using less.
The drought program began on April 1, but it also rained quite a bit in March and nearly an inch in early April. Most people turned off their sprinklers and saved water, which is good. But the rain made it it impossible to tell if people are changing the way they use water in their homes and businesses, or just reacted to the wet weather.
In May, there was no rain to skew the numbers. CCWD reads water meters every two months, so we only have half of the results. It’s too early to say if customers are meeting the 15 percent goal. The trends are looking good. Also, interest in water saving rebates are up, as are the number of people visiting the District’s website: www.ccwater.com looking for water saving ideas. In April, we sold out our Lose the Lawn, Grow A Garden workshop.
In July, we’ll have complete numbers and will let you know. As it gets hotter this summer, please remember to continue to save.
CCWD Stopped Filling Los Vaqueros in May
Because of those spring rains, which brought quality water to the Delta, CCWD was able to continue to fill the recently-expanded Los Vaqueros Reservoir until May 20.
The reservoir, which can store up to 160,000 acre-feet of water, is now storing 130,000 acre-feet of water, or 82 percent of its capacity.
At this point, CCWD does not need to use the water stored in LV, but will later this summer. The expanded reservoir has already proved its worth this year, with water storage that will help this year and into the future.