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TMWA Customers Asked to Cut Back

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At the end of this month, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority will ask all of its customers to reduce their water usage due to our ongoing drought.    

This is our third year of drought and TMWA says for the first time in more than 20 years, we're going to have to tap into our water reserves. That means customers will have to cut back on their outdoor usage by 10% starting at the end of this month. And they're asking all of us to stop watering between 11 am and 7 pm.

"Turn down your sprinklers by 10%, you got a 10 minute run cycle, turn it down by a minute. It's easy for people to do, it's easy for people to remember, and really that's all we need."

Kim Mazeres says thankfully our drought reserves are in very good shape - and since we know droughts are inevitable in our area, they plan for a drought lasting as long as nine years. They say overall, Northern Nevadans are very good at water conservation. In fact, we use 15% less water now than we did 10 years ago.

But, we have no way of knowing how long this dry-spell may last, so, they're asking everyone to cut back just a little. That way we won't drain the reserves. "We've planned for droughts, we've prepared for droughts, we've spent decades doing that, and this time we've got to use some of those drought reserves, but that's what they are there for."

To see the full interview, get tips on how to save water - and what to look for in your plumbing and irrigation system, tune in or set your DVR for Face the State this weekend. It airs tomorrow at 4:30 am and on Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30 am.
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