El Dorado Irrigation District temporarily lifted drought watering restrictions in the Outingdale service area during the Sand Fire.
General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported July 28 that the Outingdale water tank was filled and an emergency generator was ready to keep the water lines charged for fire suppression purposes.
Once the threat of fire has passed, mandated watering restrictions will resume, the district said on its Website.
Abercrombie said he would notify the State Water Resources Control Board.
“In discussing this with counsel we decided there was no greater use for water than fire protection,” Abercrombie said. “It is best to ask forgiveness than permission.”
Once fire no longer threatens Outingdale, residents will again be limited to 50 gallons per person per day, or 401 cubic feet (approximately 3,000 gallons) per person in each bimonthly billing cycle, due to a curtailment order from the SWRCB affecting post-1914 water rights, such as those serving Outdingdale, which gets its water from a diversion on the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.