Upcoming measures to provide Tuolumne County residents with water could prove costly, officials said Tuesday.
Water levels at New Melones Reservoir are exceptionally low due to the prolonged drought. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors and Sonora City Council both received an update on the likely realities the community will face for the coming months with a tight water supply.
Strict water usage, rate increases and dry public grounds are all on the horizon as the region faces a third straight dry year that is tracking to be among the worst in the state’s history.
“The concept of a March miracle is becoming less and less likely,” said Tuolumne Utilities District General Manager Tom Scesa, citing a dry outlook for the next three weeks from weather experts.
Water conservation measures are already in place from TUD and other local districts like the Twain Harte and Groveland community services districts. But officials forewarned the public Tuesday that emergency rate increases are probable despite efforts to get some help from state and federal levels to pay for costly projects to make sure the area gets water through 2014.
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