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East Bay Water Users Cut Back

EBMUD customers are conserving water as compared to prior year usage.

EBMUD customers are conserving water as compared to prior year usage.

By one measure, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) customers are cutting back on water usage in accordance with a request from the utility.

In February, EBMUD, which serves the city of Alameda and several other East Bay cities, asked customers to voluntarily cut back on water usage by 10 percent or more, in response to a statewide drought.

According to a May 27th water supply briefing from the utility, customers have done just that, when current usage is measured against the same period in 2013.

For May of this year, the utility reports that customers used, on average, 192 million gallons per day (mgd), compared to 216 mgd per year in May of 2013, reduction of 11 percent.

In April, the reduction was greater – 155 mgd in April 2014 compared to 181 mgd per year in April of last year, a 14 percent reduction.

March also saw a 11 percent reduction compared to the same month last year.

EBMUD reports on its website, however, that reservoirs are at only 71 percent of average volume, and that as of May 26, 2014, the utility had 455,650 acre feet of water stored in all its reservoirs combined.

Precipitation in the Mokelumne basin, a primary source of EBMUD water, since July 2013 was 25.82 inches, or 55 percent of average.

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