“The community and Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) customers have done an outstanding job with water conservation during this historic drought. Now that Labor Day has passed, TUD is able to receive water through its agreement with PG&E from Pinecrest Lake. The water conservation measures can be changed to Phase II water conservation,” states Tom Scesa, General Manager.
The District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the reduced measures at their regular Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 9th. The District’s Phase II water conservation measures which are now in effect, have been amended to align with the State’s Water Conservation Regulations that were adopted July 29, 2014. Some of the key elements to the District’s Phase II water conservation measures include:
- Outdoor irrigation be reduced to no more than twice a week (no restrictions on days);
- No application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk;
- When washing a vehicle, use a hose with a shut-off nozzle;
- Do not allow potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
At the Board meeting, the Board also approved a Resolution of Appreciation to those agencies and a property owner that assisted TUD during this year’s drought. In the Resolution it stated that the Board of Directors and staff would like to acknowledge and commend the following community partners for their support during this drought; Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the County of Tuolumne, Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California, Twain Harte Community Services District, Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council, South San Joaquin Irrigation District and Leo Ghiorso.
“We are thankful for the assistance of all of our partners and customers. It took a lot of collaboration and support to work through many issues related to the drought. A large part of this success was working with these partners and also the conservation we received from our customers,” states Tom Scesa, General Manager.