Local Rivers, Lakes, Battle Dry Winter

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Updated: 1/10/2012 2:48 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - December wrapped up one of the driest months on record. January is not off to a better start. What does that mean for your water supply?

Not even a trace of precipitation has hit the ground in Reno, in December 2011 or 2012. Bill Hauck, Senior Hydrologist, is tracking a relatively non-existent snowpack.

"We just wait for snow to build up and try and figure out how much
will come off in spring and how high reservoirs will get," Hauck said.

Most of that water you use comes from Lake Tahoe. Tahoe's water storage is about 60 percent full right now. That means it's about 3.69 feet above the natural rim.

"That water is metered out over the course of a year," Hauck said. "We're going
to have normal Truckee River flows for the rest of the year and into
2013, because there's so much water stored at Lake Tahoe."

Hauck says 2010's wet fall stacked snowpack at 200 percent above average. But what about today's bare mountain tops? If 2013 ended up to be as dry as this one is starting, would we be in trouble?

"I hate to speculate that far into the future," he said. "Certainly two dry
years in a row, we might have to change the way we operate."

Hauck says the Truckee Meadow Water Authority has a nine-year drought plan to weather even the driest times.

If you have any further questions about water supply or levels, click here http://tmwa.com/lake_level 

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