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TUD: Water limits may recede

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors will vote Tuesday on changing TUD’s water-use reduction goal to 25 percent, along with proposed connection-fee increases, an expensive water-main replacement project and a previously delayed emergency water sale to Del Oro Water Co.

Overall customer water usage was down 51 percent last month from June 2013, TUD General Manager Tom Scesa said in a memo to the board. 


He noted that customers have generally shown “great effort” to conserve water since the restrictions were enacted in late January, which has helped improve the district’s water-supply outlook.

In addition to the help from customers, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a request on July 10 by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to draw down the water level at Pinecrest Reservoir by an extra 2-feet in elevation before Labor Day. 

Scesa has said the special one-time exemption will provide an additional 600 acre-feet of water for TUD customers through the holiday.

For the past six months, the district has operated under a water-use reduction goal set at 50 percent due to uncertainty over its water supply following three consecutive dry winters. 

After an historically early “end-of-spill” in early June, the district wasn’t sure the 5,500 acre-feet of water stored in Lyons Reservoir was going to be enough to provide an adequate water supply for the community through Labor Day.

Changing the reduction goal to 25 percent now would provide more water to Twain Harte Community Services District and other wholesale customers that purchase their supply from TUD, Scesa said in a previous interview. 

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

For the complete story, see the July 21, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat. 

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