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Sewer district officials urge residents to keep conserving water

Drought isn't over, they say

Despite the recent rainfall, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) experts want Tri-Valley residents to remember to keep up with their water conservation.

The community drought emergency announced by the agency in February 2014 will continue for the time being, and residents should use about 25% less water than they did in 2013, DSRSD officials said.

"Even though we've had some rain," said DSRSD President D.L. (Pat) Howard in a statement, "we have a lot of catching up to do before we're out of the drought. We need everyone to continue to use water wisely."

The state has received some relief from the El Nino rain. The California Department of Water Resources announced this month the Sierra snowpack is above its normal levels for this time of year. That snowpack, currently measuring 121% compared to normal, provides drinking water for much of the Tri-Valley throughout the year, including Pleasanton.

At the same time, Lake Oroville, which is a major Tri-Valley water reservoir, is only at 1/3rd of its total capacity, which is 52% of its historic average for this time of year.

The state water project, which is area wholesaler Zone 7 Water Agency's main source of potable water, currently estimates it will be able to provide the agency 10% of its requested water total. That initial estimate is expected to be updated depending on whether the state gets more rain and snow.

In other water news:

-DSRSD wastewater treatment plant operations supervisor Levi Fuller was named Supervisor of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association.

Fuller oversees facilities that treat 3.6 billion gallons of wastewater a year, manages a staff of 11 for two regional partnerships and supervises the district's residential recycled water fill station.

DSRSD provides wastewater to Pleasanton on contract, as well as water and wastewater services to Dublin and parts of San Ramon.

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