Since the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors declared a Stage 2 Water Warning on Feb. 4 of this year, EID has continued to closely track customer demand for water. We post this information weekly on our EID Drought Information Facebook page and on our Website at eid.org/ConservationProgress.
For each week-long period, we compare customer water use with the three-year average for that same week. This is important and dynamic information, but perhaps a wider view can help us see the conservation goal more clearly.
Now that we are nearing halfway through the year, EID will also provide a year-to-date (from Jan. 1) cumulative look at water consumption. This tells us an equally important story about how much water is being used and saved.
As of May 20, water conservation during the week of May 14-20 was 16 percent. But the cumulative conservation from Jan. 1 to May 20 tells us overall water consumption is down by only 4 percent.
Getting to 30 percent conservation every week will add up by the end of the year —and seeing the year-to-date total shows us how far we have to go to get there.
As we head into the warmer months, it’s important that customers only water on assigned days (eid.org/WateringRestrictions). Cutting outside water use by 30 percent will help keep water in our reservoirs should we have another dry fall/winter. It’s as simple as that.
For useful tips about how to save 30 percent of water inside and outside of your home, have a look at eid.org/save30.
It is always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. EID is planning for another dry year. While we hope next winter is a wet one, with your help, we will be prepared if it’s not.