Moderate-to-extreme drought remains across California. While recent storms have brought some relief, it is likely not enough to remove long-term drought conditions and impacts. Low snowpack and decreasing reservoir levels in the Sierra are leading to below-normal total water storage.
In order to protect our groundwater supply, the District is currently in Stage 3a of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Stage 3a gives residential, multi-family and landscape customers their full Tier 1 and Tier 2 (efficient budgets), Tier 3 (the inefficient tier) and Tier 4 (wasteful tier). The additional funds being paid at the Tier 4 rate go directly to capital projects that enhance and build resiliency in our local water supply and water storage capacity that help protect us against the next drought.
Nearly 60 percent of our water is imported from the California Bay Delta and the Colorado River aqueduct. It travels over 500 miles through a series of tunnels, aqueducts and pipelines to reach us. The remaining 40 percent of our water supply is from our local groundwater basins. The District also uses water in Vail Lake as part of its recharge for the groundwater basin. Vail Lake's water level is currently at 35% of normal operating capacity.