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TMWA Calls for 10% Reduction in Water Usage After Record-Low Snowpack

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The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) Board of Directors have implemented additional conservation measures and actions in response to our fourth year of drought.

TMWA is asking customers to reduce their water usage by 10% for the spring and summer, with this taking effect immediately.

“We are asking for at least 10% reduction in outside and indoor water use from all of our customers – homes, businesses, homeowner's associations and apartments.” said Mark Foree, TMWA general manager. “We are all in this together. With the seriousness of the drought, we all need to do as much as we can.”

“Our planning and projections show a 10% reduction in water use will allow TMWA up to save 5,000 acre feet of water stored in upstream and underground reserves – that's over 1.6 billion gallons of water. This will help us maintain reserve water supplies for next year, should the drought continue,” added Foree.

They say with the dry weather, it's important to prepare your turf for the summer. They suggest to decrease sprinkler run times by two minutes and run it in four to six minute increments and check your lawn from there. TMWA also says to water three times a day on you assigned watering day and to check your sprinklers to make sure they are functioning correctly.
For more information, you can view the TMWA report here: http://www.tmwa.com/drought-management

All of this is especially important with one of the lowest snowpack readings we've ever seen.

Today, experts measured just 35 inches of depth and 13.2 inches of water content at the Mt. Rose snowpack telemetry site. "That's the lowest measurement for this time of year that's ever been recorded at the Mt. Rose SNOTEL site, and that goes back to 1980,” says Jeff Anderson, Nat'l Resources Conservation Service.
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