San Juan Water District approves 25-percent mandatory reduction

GRANITE BAY- San Juan Water District unanimously voted in favor of new mandatory water use cuts, but they're not as severe as many were anticipating.

In weeks past, the water board was considering imposing mandatory cuts as high as 40 percent, but they scaled that back Wednesday night, voting to require people cut water use by 25 percent district-wide.

The district has asked it's 30 thousand customers in parts of Placer and Sacramento Counties to conserve because most of the its water comes from Folsom Lake and water levels there have been exceptionally low.

The recent rains are part of the reason why San Juan Water District voted unanimously to scale back the amount for mandatory water use cuts.

About 60 people turned out to the meeting at Eureka Union School District in Granite Bay Wednesday night.

"I feel good. I think they're recognizing changes occurred since they started the process and are reducing conservations levels consistent with more water supply now developed," said customer Ted Way.

"Yes, it's a relief. a 40 percent cut would be a severe economic impact on individuals and business owners. in this area. if people's lawns and landscapes die, they have to replace it. that's a hardship. it's a fire hazard," said Dave Peterson, a San Juan Water District Board Member.

"The Stage 3 Conservation Requirement" takes effect immediately.

The water district will also go through a public hearing process at the end of April if necessary to consider a potential drought rate increase.


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