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State increases water project allocation

While still below average year, agencies see this as significant improvement over 2014

The California Department of Water Resources notified Zone 7 Water Agency, which supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving Pleasanton residents, and other State Water Contractors that the 2015 allocation is being increased from 15% to 20%.

"As the State Water Project provides over 80% of the water to the Valley, this is great news," said water agency officials.

Last year, Zone 7 only received 5% of its allocation so the 2015 amount of water available for import to the Valley is four times as great as in 2014.

"While this is still well below an average year and not necessarily the final allocation nor the end of the drought, it still represents a significant improvement over 2014," officials said.

During its April 15 board meeting, Zone 7 board directors will consider what conservation measures are appropriate for this summer.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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It is obvious that conservations measures will be necessary and appropriate this coming summer, similar to last summers conservation efforts.

Desalination:

Desalination (also called "desalinization" and "desalting") is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from sea water or brackish water. Desalting technologies can be used for many applications. The most prevalent use is to produce potable water from saline water for domestic or municipal purposes, but use of desalination technologies for industrial applications is growing, especially in the oil and gas industry.

Of the worlds water, 97.5 percent is salt water from its oceans. Only 2.5 percent is fresh water. Of that 2.5 percent, approximately 69 percent is frozen in glaciers and ice caps, leaving less than 30 percent in fresh ground water (swamps account for another 1 percent). (Source United Nations).


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Michael,

I heard 65% of our fresh water coming down into the delta is allowed to go back into the ocean to protect a smelt


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 5, 2015 at 7:33 am

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It is true that Delta water that is not used or some how captured gets to the ocean.

I do not know if it is 65 percent. I do not know if it is to protect smelt.
Dams need to be constructed to capture and store Delta water.

The greater looming problem is sea water getting into the Delta water. This situation is happening now and will become serious issue in the immediate future.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Michael,

We do allow 65% of our water to go into the ocean and it is because primarily because of the Delta Smelt. We do not turn on the pumps for fear of a few smelt getting chomped up. We have many reservoirs well below 30% of capacity. Remember about the water going into the ocean the next time the politicians cry about water reductions. Don't get me wrong, we should not waste a very precious resource but on the other hand let's not let them bs us.


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