Voluntary outdoor water cutbacks start in Truckee Meadows next week

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 7/21/2014 9:39 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Experts at both Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the National Weather Service say the recent rain is definitely welcome, but our water supply comes more from snow in the winter than summer storms.

"Basically, rain down here is great, great for your lawns your trees," said TMWA Senior Hydrologist Bill Hauck. "You can back off on your outdoor watering, but from a supply perspective where we need it to come in is upstream."

Hauck said the rain still did some good. "The river did pick up a little bit, you know, especially last night on the east end of town. That water will make its way down to some of the farmers and ranchers down in Fallon, so it's certainly not a bad thing."
But at the end of the July, the Truckee River could look shockingly low. "It's what the river would look like if there weren't those series of reservoirs upstream," Hauck said. "Certainly TMWA is prepared for this."

Hauck wants to remind people to water responsibly. Your assigned watering days are based on the last number of your street address. Starting next week, they are asking you to not water between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and they are asking for voluntary cutbacks of 10-percent.

Hauck said indoor water use stays about the same year-round, so this only applies to outdoor water use. "If your irrigation timer for your lawn is set for ten minutes, dial it back to nine minutes. That would be 10 percent. That's one of the easiest, simplest ways you could cut back."

Hauck said they prepare for a nine-year drought, but these voluntary cutbacks help make the most of the reserves. "Anything we do save can be held in reserve for next year if the winter of 2015 is anywhere near as bad as it was this year."

If you see water being wasted outdoors in your neighborhood, TMWA wants you to report it. For that information and outdoor watering details, click here.
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