Customer response to a request for a voluntary 10-percent reduction in water use has again resulted in good news for the local water supply.
Water demand for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the area’s water utility, for the month of July was 16 percent lower compared with July 2013, which is used for comparison purposes because it was the last year in which customers were not asked to cut back.
When July’s amount is combined with May and June figures (down 19 percent in May and 10.5 percent in June), about 3,853 acre-feet or 1.25 billion gallons of water has been saved by customers over the first three months of the water utility’s conservation campaign.
“The cooperation and responsiveness of our community during this time of drought has been tremendous,” said Mark Foree, the water authority’s general manager. “Because of the daily attention our customers are paying to their water use, we are well on our way to achieving our 2015 target goal of saving 5,000 acre-feet of water.
Every gallon saved now is held in upstream reservoirs for use next year if needed, Foree said.
The reduction in water use shows that customers are mindful of the drought and are doing their part by reducing water use and turning off sprinklers when it’s raining.