EID Declares Stage 2 Drought Emergency

The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), which supplies water to El Dorado County, has declared a state 2 level drought emergency, requiring 30 percent voluntary reductions in water consumption.  CLICK HERE to read the full story.

In response to the emergency, the Lake Forest Owners Association has decided not to order annual flowers this year, as they would not survive without 7 day a week watering.  The LFOA will do everything possible to maintain all other vegetation on the corridor given the water restrictions imposed upon it.  Additionally, the LFOA canceled almost $20k in replacement trees and hedge material that was to be planted this spring.  These new plants would have required heavy watering for their first year.

EID Asks For Voluntary Water Conservation

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14)

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14) John Poimiroo

Stopping short of declaring a drought emergency, with water levels dropping the El Dorado Irrigation District is urging water conservation, the Mountain Democrat reported last Friday.

The paper reported: “Folsom Reservoir is approximately 18 percent full as of Jan, 6, which is approximately 37 percent of average for this time of year. Currently, the supplies available to EID from Folsom Reservoir include the United States Bureau of Reclamation contract of 7,550 acre-feet and the ditch/Weber Reservoir water rights totaling 4,560 acre-feet,” said Mueller.

“We are not solely dependent on our water allocation from Folsom Reservoir since we also draw water from our other sources. As a result, we have not experienced the same devastating consequences as other water purveyors who are reliant on Folsom Reservoir. Despite this fact, we are still concerned with the lack of rainfall this winter and are urging customers to voluntarily cut back their water usage, conserve, and not waste water.” the article continued.

To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.