How does groundwater storage work?

Groundwater storage works like a large bank account. We run deficits in dry times, taking out more than we deposit (more pumping than recharge); and we run savings in wet times, depositing more into the account than what we withdraw (more recharge than pumping). Ideally, over the longer term, the savings match the withdrawals. During the last several years of drought Rancho Water customers benefited greatly from the District’s use of local groundwater to offset the rising costs of imported water. However, these sources have been significantly reduced even with last year's considerable rainfall. We need more years of wet weather for our “account” to catch up.

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1. How does groundwater storage work?
2. Does Rancho Water capture rainwater?
3. What is Rancho Water doing to help manage our groundwater supply?
4. I stay within my water budget, what more am I supposed to do?
5. I thought tiered rates were illegal?
6. Where does Rancho Water's water come from?