CSD backs off drought restrictions

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At its meeting Wednesday, the Community Services District board of directors rejected a staff recommendation to keep the community's drought response at a 20 percent cutback in water usage. Instead, the board voted to reduce the conservation level to 10 percent, adding a third watering day per week. The change takes effect May 1. To date, water use is down less than 9 percent from the same period in 2013. Despite being the driest year on record, 2013 continued an upward trend in water usage that began in 2012, according to the CSD. Read more » about CSD backs off drought restrictions

Video: Finding ways to keep our reservoirs full

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The Community Services District staged a Water Conservation Fair Saturday to help Murietans find ways to conserve water -- especially with their landscaping.

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Water Conservation Fair coming up Saturday

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Learn what you can do to save water and reduce your water bill Saturday at the Community Services District Water Conservation Fair. The free event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rancho Murieta Association Building.

The fair promises to take the mystery out of sprinkler systems by showing homeowners how to set their irrigation timers and establish an efficient watering schedule. Information about rebates the CSD offers, how to choose water-efficient plants and other water savings ideas and resources will be available. There will be drawings for a programmable irrigation timer, drip conversion kit, rotator spray heads and more.

A flyer about the fair is available as a downloadable attachment, below. Read more » about Water Conservation Fair coming up Saturday

Saturday morning on Lake Calero

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Fishing

Fishermen set out to enjoy a full lake, sunny skies and good fishing Saturday morning at Lake Calero. Recent rains allowed diversions from the Cosumnes River to fill Calero and the other reservoirs to capacity, the Community Services District announced at its meeting this week. But with long-term forecasts predicting the drought will continue, the question is how long the water may have to last, and a 20 percent cutback in water use is still in effect here and throughout the state, the CSD said. Read more » about Saturday morning on Lake Calero

Water plant construction could hit $12 million

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[Corrected March 15] Bids to construct a new water treatment plant for Rancho Murieta have come in at more than $11 million, with the total cost expected to exceed $12 million, double the amount discussed when the Community Services District took the lead on the project last year. Read more » about Water plant construction could hit $12 million

Calero: What a difference a month makes

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Lake Calero

While no one is saying our water worries are behind us, it's clear Rancho Murieta's reservoirs are nearing capacity.  Saturday afternoon, a breezy stretch after the late-week storm, Lake Calero was lapping at its banks, a far cry from mid-January. At a Community Services District meeting this week, it was reported the community's reservoirs were at 84 percent of capacity. Click "Read more" to see this scene a month ago and another set of photos from Calero comparing then and now. Read more » about Calero: What a difference a month makes

CSD sets the stage for tiered water rates

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Residents will be receiving notices of tiered pricing rates the Rancho Murieta Community Services District may have to implement as part of its drought response. The CSD board voted to start the rate process at its meeting last week. The earliest the rates could be put in place is May if the board decides they are needed to reach water conservation goals. Read more » about CSD sets the stage for tiered water rates

CSD addresses questions about water pumping

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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District provided information Tuesday about its pumping operations, the debris issue affecting the pumps used to divert water from the Cosumnes River, and the amount of time it will take to fill the reservoirs.

The CSD's response to drought conditions includes taking water from the river whenever flows exceed the 70 cubic-feet-per-second threshold. The CSD was able to pump briefly Feb. 1, the first time since the diversion season began Nov. 1, before river levels dropped again. The storm that occurred over the weekend raised river levels to levels that will allow for days of pumping. Read more » about CSD addresses questions about water pumping

Pumps choke on 'first flush' river water

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The first big storm of the season raised water levels well above what's required for pumping to the community's reservoirs, so why hasn't water been pouring into Lake Calero? Read more » about Pumps choke on 'first flush' river water

The first water of this dry, dry winter

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Calero water

Months after the Nov. 1 start of the water-diversion season, the Rancho Murieta Community Services District was finally able to divert water from the Cosumnes River to Calero reservoir Saturday after river flows exceeded 70 cubic feet per second, the threshold required for pumping. Unprecedented drought conditions facing the region have prompted the CSD to issue a Stage 2 water alert, with mandatory water-use restrictions for homes and businesses taking effect Saturday to reduce water use by 20 percent. Coverage of the CSD response to the drought is available here. Read more » about The first water of this dry, dry winter

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