The Truckee Meadows Water Authority had to step in this weekend to supplement the Truckee River with water from Boca Reservoir, which itself is hovering around 15% capacity. TMWA Senior Hydrologist, Bill Hauck, says customer demands for water have been increasing with the hot, dry weather. "Right now the way it stands, there's not enough water in the Truckee River to keep our treatment plants online, so we're augmenting. We're supplementing with releases of drought reserves from the water authority's privately-owned water from Boca Reservoir," Hauck said.
Hauck says that right now 40% of the water in the Truckee River is coming from Boca Reservoir.
And that's leading TMWA to request help from its water customers. The request is for businesses and residents to cut water use by at least 10%. "Right now focus on your outdoor watering habits. Cut your sprinkler timer from 10 minutes a cycle to nine minutes a cycle," Hauck said.
TMWA says it has planned ahead and has drought reserve water stored in several reservoirs. "We're confident we can meet customer demand this year and well into next year if that should be a dry year, especially with the help of our customers this year," Hauck explained. He says even 10% reduction in water use can make a difference. "Any water that's conserved today is water we can use tomorrow."