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February 11, 2014 > The Drought Ð A Message to Our Community

The Drought Ð A Message to Our Community

On Friday, January 31, we were informed by the California Department of Water Resources that we would receive 0% of our yearly allocation from the State Water Project. While this represents a significant portion of our total water supply, the Tri-City area is not in danger of running out of water during the coming year.

Over the years, investments by our customers have allowed ACWD to develop a diverse water supply portfolio. This means we are not dependent on just one source of water. Although we may not receive any water from the State Water Project this year, there will be water available to us through:
* San FranciscoÕs Hetch Hetchy system;
* Local runoff stored in the groundwater basin beneath the Tri-City area;
* The Newark Desalination Facility.

Although these other supplies will be greatly reduced because of the dry conditions, they will help to see us through the drought so long as each household and business in the Tri-City area reduces their water use by 20%.

You are an integral part of the water supply equation for the duration of this drought. Your conservation efforts will help to keep the water flowing through what is sure to be an exceptionally dry summer and fall.

Walt Wadlow
General Manager, Alameda County Water District

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