TMWA General Manager Mark Foree at the Verdi Hydroelectric Plant

Thanks for Conserving Water – it Helped!

From TMWA General Manager, Mark Foree

Conservation continues to work in our community and I’d 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.

TMWA’s 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 TMWA’s 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!


TMWA's Participates in KTMB's Adopt-a-River Program

wasteTMWA is proud to have committed to be the title sponsor of the "Adopt-a-River" program established by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). As well as financial support, TMWA has "adopted" two sections of the Truckee River and agreed to have three trash-cleanup days over a 12-month period. On November 7th, 35 TMWA employees participated in our first cleanup, collecting 46 bags of trash. TMWA’s adopted sections of the river are located between the Kietzke bridge and the Glendale Water Treatment Plant intake. Learn more about KTMB’s Adopt-a-River program by clicking here.

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Water Supply Report

Water consumption averaged 30.7 million gallons a day last week. Flow at the CA/NV state line was approximately 405 cubic feet per second Thursday morning. Snowpack in the Truckee River Basin is currently 88% of average and 52% of average in the Lake Tahoe Basin. We had some welcome moisture over the weekend and another round of storms are headed this way (early Tuesday through Wednesday evening), possibly bringing considerable amounts of rain and snow (especially at the upper elevations). One to two feet or more of wet snow is possible above 8,000 feet. Think snow!

Consolidation Update

The consolidation of Washoe County's Department of Water Resources (DWR) and South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District (STMGID) water utilities into TMWA remains on track for the planned, December 31 close. TMWA's staff is working closely with the DWR and STMGID to finalize a number of staffing and administrative issues but there are no significant roadblocks remaining. For a detailed look at consolidation activities, visit the consolidation page at

We look forward to welcoming over 23,000 new customers to TMWA on January 1st. This is an expansion of our customer base by over 25%.

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