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Wed Apr 21, 2021, 10:42 AM

Marin County to be first big Bay Area water agency to push ahead with water restrictions

San Francisco Chronicle / April 19th, 2021

As drought conditions worsen across Northern California, the Marin Municipal Water District is about to become the Bay Area’s first major water agency to make the leap to mandatory water restrictions.

The utility is expected to adopt a plan Tuesday (4-20) that would require nearly 200,000 residents of southern and central Marin County to limit outdoor watering to one day a week as well as to stop washing their cars, refilling their swimming pools and power-washing their homes, among other things. Offenders could face fines of up to $250.

The measures are reminiscent of 2015, when one of the state’s worst dry spells prompted water agencies across the state to impose unprecedented constraints. Lawns quickly dried up, and Californians took to shorter showers and fewer flushes before the five-year drought came to an end with the stormy winter of 2016-17, and then two moderately wet years. Back-to-back dry winters have since followed, however, and again water shortages are developing.


Officials at the Marin Municipal Water District, though, say they can’t wait to move from voluntary action, which they sought in February, to mandatory measures. The agency’s seven reservoirs that capture rain, much of it from the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, have just 57% of the water they normally hold this time of year, their lowest point in nearly 40 years.

Link (probably paywall): https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/climate/article/Marin-to-be-first-big-Bay-Area-water-agency-to-16113177.php

Repeat: Seven reservoirs are at their lowest point in 40 years.

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Wed Apr 21, 2021, 10:55 AM

1. blue lake springs in calaveras county water district which relys on wells ,

has gone to stage 1 water rationing .

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