TMWA reports 9% drop in water use in August; 13 percent overall reduction in summer months

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Water conservation numbers for the month of August were released by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority on Tuesday; and while August's reduction in use slipped slightly, overall conservation efforts exceeded desired targets.

In an official statement, TMWA officials said customers reduced their water usage by nine percent system-wide for the month of August, compared to August 2013. Officials went on and said customer demand has fallen an average of 13 percent since May 2015 when TMWA began asking its customers for a voluntary 10 percent reduction in water use.

"We set a savings goal of 5,000 acre feet of water for this season, which we are storing in upstream reservoirs for later use, if needed" said Mark Foree, TMWA's general manager, in a statement. "With our customers' continued focus on water conservation, I'm confident we will exceed that goal in September. Please keep up the good work and finish strong through this irrigation season. Remember, every gallon you save now can be held in upstream reservoirs, and will put us in good shape for next year," he added.

Factoring in the nine percent savings in August, approximately 4,800 acre-feet or 1.5 billion gallons of water has been saved by customers through the first four months of TMWA's conservation campaign, official said.
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