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Rain Gives Boost To Northern Nevada's Water Supply

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Hydrologists say the moisture over the past few days has been great for our water supply.

Since the snow pack is below average, this year, they say any rain is little bit of a bonus.

In the past four days, the Truckee Meadows has gotten more precipitation than we normally get in the entire month of May.

"We had the recent driest January through April in much of the region, all the way from the Oregon border down to the southern Sierra," Gary Barbato, Service Hydrologist for the National Weather Service said. "Since Sunday, we've actually been wet."

In fact, yesterday was a record for May 7, with .60 inches falling. The previous record was .42 inches, set in 1994.

For Lake Tahoe, the news is even better.

"It was a pretty significant event over the last four days," Bill Hauck, Senior Hydrologist for Truckee Meadows Water Authority said. "The elevation of Lake Tahoe has come up by two-tenths of a foot, which is very significant and we welcome it."

That's more than two inches across the entire lake. It's enough water to fill Boca Reservoir more than halfway.

In comparison, snow runoff has only added one inch to the lake, so far.

"It just gives us added level of confidence that we'll be able to have normal river flows for the rest of the year," Hauck said. "And for us, that means business as usual."

The rain also means many residents are using less water, turning their sprinkler systems off and letting Mother Nature green up their lawns and water their plants.

TMWA says customer demand is down 10 to 15-percent.

"I think it's great," Joyce DeHerrera said. "We needed it. Especially on the lawns. It makes everything beautiful, green and clean. It's just wonderful."

"I like the rain," Valerie Stewart said. "It's nice, cools off, cleans out the air. It reminds me of living in southern Oregon."

This is the first month our precipitation has been above average since December.

The wettest May on record in Reno came back in 1963, with almost 2.9 inches of rainfall.

Here is a link to our area's water system and storage graphic. It is real time and gives a lot of information on the Truckee River water system. If you click on Lake Tahoe, it will give you real time levels. http://tmwastorage.com/ 

Written by Paul Nelson

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