Even though 2013 has been unusually dry, reservoir levels are close to average. Here are the current water statistics:
Reservoir Levels: As of May 26, reservoir storage is 68,675 acre-feet,* or 86 percent of capacity. The average for this date is 70,193 acre-feet, or 88 percent of capacity. Total capacity is 79,566 acre-feet.
Rainfall: Rainfall this year (July 1, 2012, to May 26, 2013) is 38.42 inches. Last year for the same period we had 40.34 inches; average is 51.93 inches.
Water Use: Water use for the week ending May 26 averaged 30.5 million gallons per day, compared to 29.7 million gallons per day for the same week last year.
Supply Source: Last week we averaged 23.0 million gallons per day from our reservoirs and 7.5 million gallons per day from the Russian River.
Creek Releases: During the month of April 2013 MMWD released 414 million gallons, or a total of 1,271 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 agreements with the State of California.
Current water use and reservoir figures can be found on our homepage.
*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.