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LAKESIDE WATER DISTRICT BOARD EASES DROUGHT LEVEL CONDITION TO VOLUNTARY RESPONSE LEVEL 1
The Lakeside Water District Board of Directors voted at the July 5, 2016 meeting to reduce the District’s Drought Level Response from “Level 2 – Drought Alert” mandatory conservation to “Level 1 – Drought Watch”, which requires voluntary conservation. Our customers have exceeded the Governors requirement to conserve 20% water use as compared to 2013 and have done so by 5%. In April 2015 Governor Brown ordered varied conservation levels across the State to conserve 25% statewide over 2013 usage levels. The Emergency Order started June 2015 and continued until February 29, 2016. Statewide usage dropped slightly below the 25% mandate, but Lakeside exceeded our requirement every month except two months, averaging 25% water savings over the twelve month period. The total water saved to meet the mandate in Lakeside was nearly 300 million gallons, which was 65 million more than required.
The State Water Resources Control Board at their May 2016 meeting allowed for Water Agencies to self-certify their supply outlook for a three year period and then determine any conservation needed to meet the supply outlook. We have submitted certification to show that we have a 100% supply projection and can support a 0% percent mandated reduction.
This reduction is due to your investment in the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, a drought resilient supply source that has been producing 50 million gallons per day since December and now accounts for 7% to 10% of our supply into the County. I want to emphasize that your investment into this local drought resilient supply has forced the State to recognize our new supply source and allow our customers to relax their conservation efforts just a bit, to help your stressed trees, shrubs and landscapes become healthy again.