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Bella Vista Water District asking customers to cut water use

The Bella Vista Water District wants customers to cut back on their water use by 20% as an attempt to conserve water during the drought.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 4:49 PM

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - The Bella Vista Water District asking customers to cut back on their water use due to the drought.

The water district declared a stage three water shortage, which means they're asking customers to conserve 20% of their water use.

Customers could face an overuse penalty if they do not conserve water.

The dry conditions caused the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to cut the Bella Vista Water District's supply from 55% to 25% for customers.

The district is trying to offset some of those cutbacks but said it might not be enough.

“With groundwater, water transfers, and our very minimal surface water supply from the central valley project, we still come up short,” said David Coxey, the Bella Vista Water District General Manager. “It appears we would run out of water under normal circumstances. Also during shortages, demands are higher than normal years.”

The cutbacks impact about 20,000 people because it's not just the Bella Vista area that the water district serves.

“The Bella Vista Water District serves, the community of Bella Vista, as well as the communities of Palo Cedro and rural areas east of Redding, as well as the northeast areas of Redding,” Coxey said.

The City of Shasta Lake is asking people to voluntarily conserve water.

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