Thanks for Conserving Water it Helped!
From TMWA General Manager, Mark Foree
Conservation continues to work in our community and Id like to thank you for doing your part.
Starting on Aug. 1, 2014, we asked Truckee Meadows Water Authority customers to reduce their outdoor use by 10 percent, encouraging water conservation when it counted during the months when we were using our drought reserves. That is the time when TMWA can save water our customers conserve in upstream reservoirs for use next summer, should this dry weather cycle continue.
How did our customers respond? The results are now in and total outdoor water demand decreased by approximately 7.5 percent, even though the weather was hotter than last year, which would usually result in increased outdoor water use. That savings equates to 350 million gallons which is the amount used by 2,800 average residential homes in a year.
Here are some of the ways in which the community reduced their water use. They watered only three days a week, turned off sprinklers when it rained, prevented waste and run-off, reduced the run times on their sprinklers, and avoided watering between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. We responded to 2,462 calls reporting water waste on our conservation hot line and performed 1,232 water usage reviews for our customers. Despite having hotter weather than last year in that time frame, most folks stepped up and did their part by decreasing their water use.
TMWAs goal is to do everything possible to preserve our upstream drought reserves. The target was to use no more that 20 percent of that storage this year. I am pleased to report that we used only 18 percent, which is an amount that we anticipate will be replenished with the spring runoff, even if we have another below-average winter. Thanks to your efforts, we will again go into next summer with our drought reserves full. As high-desert residents, we know that is good insurance to have.
As you know, TMWA plans for dry years. Our staff continually monitors weather and snowpack conditions and plans for a nine-year dry weather cycle, which is one year longer than the worst drought on record. For a deeper look at TMWAs resource and drought planning, the 2010-2030 Water Resource Plan is located on our website: 2010-2030 Water Resource Plan.
At TMWA, we are all hoping for a great snow year. But, should that not be the case, the water you saved this summer and fall is being held in upstream reservoirs and will help preserve our water supply for next year. Thank you, Truckee Meadows water users, for doing a great job!