Martis Valley Water Agencies call for Conservation
Media Contact: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD
For Immediate Release
Martis Valley water agencies call for conservation
Urge support of Governor Brown’s call for 20% voluntary reduction in water use
Truckee, Calif. (February 12, 2014) – The Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), Northstar Community Services District (NCSD), and Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) are supporting California Governor Brown’s request for all Californian’s to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. TDPUD, NCSD, and PCWA are available to help customers understand their water use and find ways to conserve.
“The drought in the Sierra Nevada is very serious.” said Mike Staudenmayer, Northstar Community Services District general manager, “Although there is no evidence of water shortages in the Martis Valley aquifer, we should all do our part to meet the request for a voluntary water use reduction of 20%.”
The drought in California has been well documented with Governor Brown declaring an emergency and many water districts forced to enact mandatory rationing. The most recent snow survey in the Sierra Nevada showed water content at only a small fraction of normal. Despite some recent storms, these numbers remain very low.
“The TDPUD has made significant investments in water conservation and we are already over 30% down in water production in recent years.”, said Tony Laliotis, Truckee Donner PUD board president, “This effort is paying off today, however, the drought situation in California is very real and we are asking our customers to help us conserve even more.”
The main source of water supply for Truckee and the Northstar area is the Martis Valley aquifer and deep groundwater wells. The local water agencies have been closely monitoring the drought’s impact on the Martis Valley aquifer and, to date, have not seen any significant impacts to the amount of water available. Given the significant uncertainty with the current drought and long-term weather patterns, however, it is clear that the time to start conserving water is now.
“PCWA encourages our customers to conserve and is happy to provide guidance on how to use water efficiently.”, said David Breninger, Placer Counter Water Agency general manager, “PCWA’s website includes information about the drought and tips on how to use less water or customers can contact PCWA’s water efficiency team for firsthand information and support.”
The three local water agencies are encouraging customers to take simple steps to conserve water such as taking shorter showers, turning the water off while you brush your teeth, and only using dishwashers when they are full. Low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures are also easy ways to conserve and the local water agencies have many rebate and free programs to help their customers conserve. Contact you water utility for more information.
The Martis Valley aquifer includes a 35,000-acre area in both Placer and Nevada counties. It is the main water supply for numerous public and private entities. This area has seen significant growth in the last two decades with more planned for the future. Maintaining an adequate water supply and protecting water quality are critical for the region’s future.
About the Martis Valley water agencies:
The Truckee Donner PUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit www.tdpud.org.
The Placer County Water Agency was created on September 11, 1957 by a special act of the State Legislature. The Agency's mandate is to develop and protect the water resources within the County, for the people of Placer County. The Agency provides raw water for irrigation customers, retails and wholesales treated water for residential, commercial and industrial purposes and owns and operates a power system on the Middle Fork of the American River which generates 1.03 billion kilowatt hours annually. For more information, visit www.pcwa.net.
The Northstar CSD was founded in 1990 under Government Code 61600 as a local government entity to serve the Northstar Community with governmental services. The District currently provides fire protection, fuels management, water, sewer collection, snow removal, road surface maintenance, recycling services, solid waste management and trail construction and maintenance. For more information, visit www.northstarcsd.org.
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