Truckee Meadows Water Authority customers reduced water consumption by 9 percent during the month of August, compared with August 2013.
That means customer demand is down an average of 13 percent since May when the water utility began asking its customers for a voluntary 10 percent reduction in water use.
The authority uses 2013 for comparison because that is the last year the utility did not ask customers to reduce water use.
“We set a savings goal of 5,000 acre feet of water for this season, which we are storing in upstream reservoirs for later use, if needed” said Mark Foree, TMWA’s general manager. “With our customers’ continued focus on water conservation, I’m confident we will exceed that goal in September.
“Please keep up the good work and finish strong through this irrigation season. Remember, every gallon you save now can be held in upstream reservoirs and will put us in good shape for next year.”
Counting August’s figure, customers have saved about 1.5 billion gallons of water during the first four months of the authority’s conservation campaign.