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EID eyes drought declaration, surcharge

By From page A1 | January 31, 2014

On Feb. 4, a special meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors will convene to consider declaring a Stage 1 water alert.

It has been widely reported that 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California. Current conditions suggest much of the same for 2014.

“There are four stages in EID’s drought action plan and each stage is triggered by the district’s water supply conditions,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “Stage 1 indicates that we are planning for restricted water supplies and we’re asking our customers to voluntarily help us achieve a 15 percent reduction in water use.”

Due to the water supply shortage, the board will also consider implementing drought conservation pricing — a 15 percent increase on water usage only.

The special meeting of the board will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Sly Park conference room at EID headquarters, 2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville.

For more drought information — including links to practical water efficiency suggestions — go to eid.org/drought.

Mary Lynn Carlton

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