The dry period that started with the beginning of the year has continued right through the month of March. Average rainfall for March is 7.39 inches; March 2013 rainfall to date is 0.82 inches. The record low of zero inches of rain for March occurred in 1923.
Our reservoir storage levels are still above average, although the gap is narrowing compared to what it was earlier in the season.
Here are the current water statistics:
Reservoir Levels: As of March 24 reservoir storage is 74,869 acre-feet,* or 94 percent of capacity. The average for this date is 72,917 acre-feet, or 92 percent of capacity. Total capacity is 79,566 acre-feet.
Rainfall: Rainfall this year (July 1, 2012 to March 24, 2013) is 36.20 inches. Last year for the same period we had 33.26 inches; average is 45.23 inches.
Water Use: Water use for the week ending March 24 averaged 20.6 million gallons per day, compared to 16.4 million gallons per day for the same week last year.
Supply Source: Last week we averaged 14.8 million gallons per day from our reservoirs and 5.8 million gallons per day from the Russian River.
Creek Releases: During the month of February 2013 MMWD released 537 million gallons, or a total of 1,648 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.