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The Bay Area continues to outperform much of the state in terms of water conservation, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

According to water conservation reports for August, the Bay Area achieved a 9.9 percent reduction in water use, while the North Coast’s reduction was 18.3 percent, the Central Coast’s was 5.2 percent and the South Coast region reported a 3.1 percent reduction.

During the same period, statewide water consumption dropped 5 percent compared to August 2020, nearly double the conservation total for July.

The cumulative reduction for July and August was 3.5 percent, well below the 15 percent reduction called for by Gov. Gavin Newsom as a response to the state’s historic and ongoing drought, according to the Water Board’s data.

Still, water officials expressed optimism that the numbers appear to be trending in the right direction.

“We’re not surprised that the goal has yet to be achieved since it takes time for the messaging to reach a critical mass and for people to put conservation actions in to practice,” said Marielle Pinheiro, a data specialist with the Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance.

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Click on the graphic above to learn all about atmospheric rivers, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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Wind gusts will accompany rain that is set to arrive in the Bay Area this evening, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Advisory that will be in effect from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Southerly winds will increase during the night, with gusts of up to 45 mph possible and gale force winds forecast above the waters in the region, according to the weather service.

The North Bay will likely see the most rain from the storm, with up to 2.5 inches in the mountains. The rest of the Bay Area could see as much as 1.5 inches in some places, forecasters said.

The heaviest rain is expected to move through the region quickly although showers will linger in the morning hours. More rain is then expected Thursday, as well as a third storm and possible “atmospheric river” on Sunday, according to the weather service.

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The National Weather Service says the Bay Area and Monterey should expect an “unsettled weather pattern” over at least the next week, with three systems on the way and a potential “atmospheric river” arriving Sunday.

The next chance of rain in the area comes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, as the next front pushes through. Expect strong southerly winds with the chance of gale force winds over the waters, with rain from the North Bay down the Central Coast. Forecasters say there will be more rain than we the area saw last weekend, with up to 2.5 inches in the North Bay mountains and .15 to .75 inches for the Bay Area.

Another system will arrive Thursday, with rain on and off through Friday, the highest totals of which will again be in the North Bay. Like Tuesday, the heaviest rain will move through quickly, leaving lingering showers behind, with localized gusty winds.

Another plume of moisture could arrive Sunday, possibly influenced by tropical moisture that could bring heavy rain at times. Which would be welcome in a thirsty state still racked by wildfires.

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The “Water Cooler Chat” will be a new feature on Claycord.com.

We will ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

So, here’s today’s question…

Would you rather….Be able to fly (like a bird), or be able to read minds?

Give us your answer, and tell us why.

Talk about it….

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The East Bay Municipal Utility District started saving 300,000 gallons more drinking water a day late last month, EBMUD officials said Monday.

The utility district on Sept. 30, connected its recycled water system to Canyon Lakes Golf Course in San Ramon, saving hundreds of thousands of gallons a day, which can hydrate about 6,000 residents.

“We need to get smart about how we irrigate parks and golf courses as we navigate this drought,” EBMUD board member John Coleman said in a statement. “This is a great shot for EBMUD.”

The first nine holes on the Canyon Lakes’ course were switched to recycled water in April and the last nine were just switched. Canyon Lakes is about 50 acres and is situated in San Ramon.

Water recycled by EBMUD is highly treated wastewater, which is not for drinking but can be used for irrigation, cooling buildings, and among other things, industrial processes.

The utility has a goal of recycling 20 million gallons per day by 2040. Currently, EBMUD serves parks, golf courses, construction sites and other customers with 9 million gallons of recycled water a day.

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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will hear a report on the redistricting process so far, then hold another public hearing today on how to redraw supervisorial districts later this year in response to the 2020 Census.

County staff has produced five possible scenarios so far as to how supervisors can decide to redraw their districts, after the census said county population has increased 11.35 percent since 2010, with an additional 119,039 residents.

The county started a series of public meetings in August and the board will hold additional meetings through next month to get public input. The deadline to have new district lines in place in Dec. 15.

The biggest population increase came in supervisor Diane Burgis’ District 3 (36,560 residents), an area covering much of Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, and unincorporated East County.

The least amount of growth occurred in supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s District 4 (10,442 residents), an area covering Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Clayton.

Contra Costa County’s population has increased overall from 1,049,025 in 2010 to 1,168,064 residents in 2020.

The goal is to create districts as equal in population as possible, while meeting all federal and state legal guidelines, such as respecting geographic integrity of an area, or a census-designated place, or local community of interest.

Each supervisor will host at least one public meeting to gather input through the end of October. To find out more about the process, go to https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/8135/About-Redistricting. The board will collectively talk about the plans agan at its Nov. 9 meeting and aims to have possible final maps ready for a decision on Nov. 23.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will meet virtually at 2:30 p.m. today, though the conversation about redistricting isn’t scheduled to begin until 6:15 p.m. The meeting can be joined at https://ems8.intellor.com/join/Byh2VZ7U85 or by going to the county’s website at www.contracosta.ca.gov.

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Two people are facing charges after a gun brandishing incident at the Cheesecake Factory in Walnut Creek.

The following information is from the Walnut Creek Police Dept.:

A quick response by Walnut Creek Police Department prevented a potentially dangerous situation from escalating. Walnut Creek officers were called to The Cheesecake Factory on Locust Street Sunday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. after receiving a report of a man with a gun.

Upon arrival, officers detained several people without incident and determined this was a targeted act.

Taken into custody were 21-year-old Lauren Lopez and 20-year-old Joshua Miles, both from San Francisco.

During a fight between several customers, Miles brandished a gun, which was registered to Lopez. After the scene was secured, police canvassed the area and located a bag hidden in a water fountain next to the table where the couple had been eating.

Found inside was a loaded Glock handgun with two extra magazines, as well as a wallet belonging to one of those arrested.

Charges include possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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Rain is expected to return to Contra Costa County on Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are also expected to get cooler, with overnight lows around 43 degrees in Concord.

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