Jan 29, 2014 1:28 PM
The Paradise Irrigation District (PID) is currently crafting a plan to implement water conservation efforts in response to the historically low rainfall this year. George Barber with the PID indicated part of the plan may include mandatory conservation restrictions for residents on the ridge.
“We are creating a plan that is as serious and significant as the current dry conditions we are facing and we are looking to include an option for mandatory water restrictions,” said Barber. “We hope the community comes together to recognize and respond to the problem.”
The PID relies on surface water to supply the demands of its customers. In normal years, fall and winter storms usually aid in refilling Paradise Lake and the Magalia Reservoir, but this year’s historically dry winter is having a significant impact on Paradise’s water supply. The PID stated in its press release today the District’s treatment plant output last weekend was double the amount for its usual winter demand.
According to their website, the current water level at the reservoir currently down 31.1 feet and the Paradise Lake is down 23 feet.
The plan is still in its early stages, but District officials plan to implement water reductions district-wide “in a fair manner.’ The District plans to present a polished, complete version of its plan in its public meeting at their offices on Clark Road February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The PID has provided this link for easy-to-implement ideas Paradise residents can utilize to begin conserving water: http://paradiseirrigation.com/