As the severity of drought conditions increases, the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is moving closer to mandatory water use restrictions and other rules to protect the community’s water supply.
Citing the dry, hot and windy conditions of the summer and the dwindling water supply, the district administration board nodded for larger conservation actions at its meeting on 23 June. The board is expected to vote in a special session on July 1.
The proposed mandatory restrictions include:
Treated water customers
â¢ Mandatory reduction in water consumption by 20%
â¢ Implement stage 2 drought pricing (25% increase in volumetric consumption)
â¢ Limit outdoor watering to every other day, a maximum of 3 days per week
Raw water customers
â¢ No sale of new or increased water
â¢ No autumn water sale
â¢ Limit winter sales to existing customers
â¢ Implement step 2 of drought pricing (20% increase in volume)
â¢ Landscape clients will limit watering to three days per week
No system flushing
â¢ Set up wastewater evacuation patrols
â¢ Develop the media campaign
â¢ Control of water waste
â¢ Inform municipal customers of the compulsory cut
âThe mandatory water use restrictions are a testament to the circumstances we face during this drought. Our water levels continue to drop, âsaid Chip Close, NID operations manager. âWe need to start serious conservation efforts, so that we don’t end up in dire straits in the future. “
Water use restrictions are necessary to ensure that the NID has sufficient end-of-year water supplies (carry over) in storage. The average eight-year carryover of the NID is 166,000 acre-feet (af). The minimum carry-over is 78,000 AF for public health and safety needs for 2022. The initial carry-over for 2021 was 91,700 acre-feet.
âThe focus is on carryover storage,â Close said. âThis protects the district’s ability to continue providing water to all beneficial uses over the next year if the current drought conditions continue. “
Currently, NID is in Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan which requires irrigation water and treated water clients to voluntarily conserve water. The District Drought Contingency Plan identifies drought response levels, appropriate agency responses, and water reduction targets. It also provides recommended demand management measures to assist customers in water conservation.
Harsh and dry hydrologic conditions in the West continue to strain California’s water resources. On April 21, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency proclamation that included the entire NID service area. NID administrators declared a drought emergency on April 28. On May 25, the directors authorized the purchase of 15,000 ft of water from Pacific Gas & Electric.
Customers are encouraged to visit NIDwater.com for tips and advice on ways to conserve.