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EID eyes drought declaration, surcharge

From page A1 | January 31, 2014 | 11 Comments

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

Mary Lynn Carlton


Discussion | 11 comments

  • sunshineJanuary 31, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Surprise, Surprise in-2013 EID told the ratepayers about all the water EDC had . The BOS has approved at least 9 major projects, both commercial and residential in the EID jurisdiction. I'm sure there's more on the horizon. Now they're asking for a 15% reduction in water usage with a January 5% increase in water rates and now a 15% surcharge. It's Time we petition to go to SMUD. It's time EDC EID users dump this General Manager and Board.

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  • matteo lucatuortoJanuary 31, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    This is nothing but a pay raise, once again the homeowners pay the price, better think twice about the marble valley-lime rock development project, if we have no water now then this project need to go by-by. my rates are high right now, take a pay cut and give back to the community

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Sunshine...please read about what the state is mandating first...before you jump the gun and blame EID. Just a suggestion.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:19 am

    "California regularly endures droughts. They are as much a part of the state's fabric, and as unpredictable, as earthquakes. California's 1976-77 drought resulted from a high-pressure ridge almost as mulish as today's and saw two of our lowest water years. The resulting conservation mandates were so severe that people holding weddings at their homes sometimes asked to use neighbors' bathrooms for days ahead to save up enough water to meet guests' demands."

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Communities at risk State public health officials have identified 17 towns and water districts that could run out of water within 100 days if nothing is done to enhance their supplies: Shaver Lake Heights Mutual Water Company (Fresno County) Sierra Cedars Community Services District (Fresno County) Bass Lake Water Company (Madera County) Whispering Pines Apartments (Mariposa County) Boulder Canyon Water Association (Kern County) Cypress Canyon Water System (Kern County) Lake Of The Woods Mutual Water Company (Kern County) Camp Condor (Kern County) Jackson Valley Irrigation District (Amador County) City of Willits (Mendocino County) Redwood Valley Community Water District (Mendocino County) Brooktrail Township Community Services District (Mendocino County) Washington Ridge Conservation Camp (Nevada County) Ophir Gardens (Placer County) Lompico Water District (Santa Cruz County) City of Cloverdale (Sonoma County) City of Healdsburg (Sonoma County) EID seems to be protecting us...just saying...lots of articles out there..remember part of the "rates" help the water coming from the sources arrive at your house.

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  • Ernie LouisJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Droughts come and go in cycles. WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY WHEN DESERTS RESIDENTS CANT FILL THEIR SWIMMING POOLS ?. Which is it Sunshine? Does El Dorado Irrigation District have water? Ernie Louis

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  • 1036-FrankFebruary 01, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    So EID wants to charge 15% more because it is a drought, no surprise there as revenue from rate payers is all that high debt and tunnel vision brings. At the same time Moonbeam is looking to take under "Voluntary" transfers any excess water and if it gets really severe he will take it for free under emergency orders and give to those who have not. Redistribution is always a liberal's first thought and this water shortage is no exception.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 01, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Frank, absent a HUGE weather break "water shortage" is to our ACTUAL situation as "mobility challenged" is to quadriplegic. Some districts actually face subsistence water delivery via water trucks and lines of people with containers to fill. EID needs to assume that this "event" will continue into 2015. If Moonbeam takes it then so be it. Do NOT preempt Moonbeam.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 01, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    . . . central valley ag. faces utter devastation. Don't plan on watermelon, cantaloupe and a whole bunch of other water intensive produce next summer.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 01, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    LINK - Lake levels 1-30-14

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  • 1036-FrankFebruary 02, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Scenario # 1- Severe water shortage assured and whatever water EID has stored in excess Moonbeam, under emergency orders, takes and delivers to other areas. What benefit will EID see? If the state pays for it, it is one thing, what will fair market be another, if they just grab it who knows. Scenario#2- Have staff start preparing now about excess, and what could be excess, and can water can be delivered under the existing delivery system and what fair market should be now and have it worked out and a plan available before the state grabs it which might protect the process and keep it local if the plan is in place. Scenario#-3 Weather shift, February miracle, March miracle, April, etc. this is preferred however not likely no matter how many times the SMUD plane is out cloud seeding and rain dancers dancing.

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