Water providers in the Sacramento area are being urged to reduce water use by at least 20 percent in response to the dry, warm weather.
The Regional Water Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to "strongly recommend" that 21 area providers reduce water usage, noting that "the Sacramento region is currently facing unprecedented conditions." The authority works to represent the interests of those providers.
"It is imperative that all of us take actions to reduce our water user now in order to preserve our limited supplied for both people and the fish and wildlife that share our water resources," RWS Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot said in a press release.
The resolution approved Thursday by the RWA detailed the dry conditions in the area:
• "2013 was the driest year on record in California."
• "Folsom Reservoir has dropped to... 18% of its capacity, and continues to decline"
• "The Sierra snowpack was less than 20% of average for January"
• "Forecasts project continued dry conditions"