— Board of Directors, Valley Center Municipal Water District, May 2, 2011
Bountiful Water Winter – With deep snow pack in the Sierras and the Rockies and reservoirs already near brim full, California’s “Jekyll and Hyde” weather has ended the drought and along with it water supply restrictions from the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority, Valley Center Municipal Water District’s (VCMWD) water import and wholesale suppliers.
Water Use Provisions Lifted – On May 2, 2011, the VCMWD Board of Directors took action to relieve its customers of any and all water use limitations effective immediately. These changes will be reflected on the water bills sent out in May 2011. In taking these actions, our Board did encourage customers to always use water efficiently and wisely.
Thank You All Very Much – The Board and District wishes to express its gratitude to all our residential and commercial customers for the outstanding conservation performance over the last two years. Though the District only asked for an 8% voluntary reduction, the goal was consistently exceeded by much as two, three and four fold.
Our Water Supply is Always Tenuous – Even though bountiful winter storms have relieved out current water supply restrictions, the Board wants its customers to be aware that two or three consecutive dry or drought years could put us back in the situation we have experienced the last three or four years.
Why so? – The State Water Project delivers, on average, about 2.5 million acre feet annually (an acre foot is the amount of water two average families of four use in a year) and has 5.8 million acre feet of water in storage at full capacity. This means that this system, which supplies 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland, has under optimum conditions, only about 2 years of supply in storage.
Combine this with California’s potential of having 3, 4, 5, or 6 consecutive dry or drought years and we have water supply shortage conditions. Until that state builds more major water storage facilities, both surface and groundwater, California’s water supply will always be tenuous and just a few years from the shortage conditions we just faced.
Again, Thanks – In closing the Board and staff of VCMWD want to thank you for your conservation efforts and cooperation in helping us through the last several years. It has been greatly appreciated here at the District.