Just as our fiscal year begins on July 1, so, too, does our rainfall year. And, surprisingly, we actually had measurable rainfall this month. July typically has zero inches of rain, but this July we had 0.04 inches of rain at measured at Lake Lagunitas.
Here are the current water statistics:
Reservoir Levels: As of July 23, reservoir levels are 89 percent of capacity, or 70,497 acre-feet.* The average for this date is 79 percent, or 63,144 acre-feet. Total capacity is 79,566 acre-feet.
Rainfall: Rainfall for the year ending June 30, 2012, was 40.51 inches. Annual average rainfall is 52.65 inches. The new rainfall year is just getting started, with 0.04 inches to date.
Water Use: Water use for the last seven days averaged 31.9 million gallons per day, somewhat higher than last year’s average of 30.4 million gallons per day. On a per capita basis, this year’s figure is 167.6 gallons and last year’s is 160.1 gallons (for the last seven days).
Supply Source: This past week we averaged 28.1 million gallons per day from our reservoirs and 3.7 million gallons per day from the Russian River.
Creek Releases: During the month of June 2012 MMWD released 260 million gallons, or a total of 799 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin. We release water throughout the year to maintain adequate flows for the fishery per our agreement with the State of California.
Current water use and reservoir figures can be found on our homepage.
*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.