TMWA calls for 10% reduction in water use

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Truckee Meadows Water Authority customers are being asked to reduce their water use by at least 10 percent this spring and summer, effective immediately.

TMWA Board of Directors directed staff to begin early communication and implementation of additional conservation measures and actions, in response to the Reno-Sparks area's fourth year of drought.

"We are asking for at least 10% reduction in outside and indoor water use from all of our customers - homes, businesses, homeowner's associations and apartments." said Mark Foree, TMWA general manager. "We are all in this together. With the seriousness of the drought, we all need to do as much as we can."

"Our planning and projections show a 10% reduction in water use will allow TMWA up to save 5,000 acre feet of water stored in upstream and underground reserves - that's over 1.6 billion gallons of water. This will help us maintain reserve water supplies for next year, should the drought continue," added Foree.

According to the Federal Water Master, Truckee River flows will diminish much earlier this year than in 2014. When that happens, TMWA will begin releasing water from its drought reserves in Stampede Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, and Donner and Independence Lakes. The good news is that our drought reserves stored in these reservoirs are starting off full, despite a very poor snowpack. Any water that is saved this summer is water that will be retained in those reservoirs, making it available should it be needed next year. In addition, this winter and spring TMWA has been recharging as much treated water as possible into the underground aquifers, totaling over 720 million gallons through March.

With the dry weather, TMWA officials said it's even more important to prepare your turf for the summer ahead. Here are some general guidelines:

- Sprinkler run times should be 4-6 minutes, backing off by two minutes if there is runoff, or adding two minutes if your lawn is still dry after a cycle
- Start out with three run times per assigned watering day
- Check your sprinkler heads to ensure proper operation
- Now is the time to root feed your trees and fertilize your lawn

View the full recent report to the TMWA Board, which includes a full explanation of how our water system is managed in times of drought, at