Marin To See Key Water Supply Cut: Report

MARIN COUNTY, CA — A key Marin County water supplier announced it will cut exports 20 percent this summer, The Marin Independent Journal reports.

The Novato area gets around 75 percent of its water supply from Sonoma Water and central and Southern Marin get about 25 percent of its supply from the agency, the report said.

The cuts go into effect July 1.

“It’s not catastrophic,” MMWD Director Larry Russell told the Independent Journal about its neighboring county’s decision to cut exports, “but it’s not insignificant.”

The MMWD serves around 190,000 residents in central and southern Marin. The North Marin Water District serves around 64,000 residents including most of Novato.

More MMWD restrictions could follow according to the report.

The MMWD restrictions include a ban on washing vehicles at home, power washing homes and businesses, and flooding gutters, watering grass on public medians and using potable water for dust control.

Other restrictions include sewer flushing and street cleaning.

Additional provisions restricting golf courses to watering tees and greens go into effect Thursday.

The MMWD board enacted water-use restrictions following two consecutive dry winters and come less than four years after that state endured an extended drought from 2013-2017.

With only 20 inches of rainfall last year, 2020 marked the second-driest year in 90 years.

The district declared a drought in mid-February and launched a public awareness campaign asking customers to conserve water by voluntarily cutting back on irrigation, not washing vehicles, and conserving water indoors.

Persistent warm, dry weather lowered Marin Water’s reservoir storage capacity to 52 percent—the lowest level in nearly 40 years.

Storage levels for this time of year are typically more than 90 percent.

Much of the West Coast including nearly all of California is experiencing drought conditions.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of May 11 94.3 percent of California is in a severe drought, 73.3 percent of the state is in an extreme drought and 13.5 percent is experiencing “exceptional drought” conditions.

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