Reservoir levels continue to be well above average as we officially head into fall this Saturday. While daytime temperatures can still be on the warm side, the longer, cooler nights mean water consumption will begin to drop below summer’s peak levels. Here are the current water statistics:
Reservoir Levels: As of September 17, reservoir levels are 80 percent of capacity, or 63,596 acre-feet.* The average for this date is 70 percent, or 55,786 acre-feet. Total capacity is 79,566 acre-feet.
Rainfall: A new rainfall year began July 1, 2012. Year-to-date rainfall (as of September 17) is 0.06 inches, below the average of 0.44 inches.
Water Use: Water use for the seven-day period ending September 17 averaged 30.6 million gallons per day, somewhat higher than last year’s average of 29.3 million gallons per day for the same time period.
Supply Source: This past week we averaged 26.6 million gallons per day from our reservoirs and 4.0 million gallons per day from the Russian River.
Creek Releases: During the month of August 2012 MMWD released 284 million gallons, or a total of 873 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.